A seagull turned orange after it fell into a container filled with the Indian dish, Chicken Tikka Masala. The bird fell in to a container of the food while trying to scavenge a piece of meat from a food factory bin on Monday. Wildlife experts say a factory left the curry outside. The bird was trying to fish out some pieces of meat and somehow fell into the food.
He was rescued by workers at the site and picked up by a volunteer for Vale Wildlife Hospital near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Staff at the centre used washing up liquid on the seagull to remove the bright orange from his feathers to his original white colour.
While the seagull looks clean now, but have not been able to wash away the smell of curry, it still smells like dinner. The bird’s skin now needs to be restored of its natural oils that keeps it waterproof.
Lucy Kells, veterinary nurse at the hospital, said: “He really surprised everyone here – we had never seen anything like it before.