Veterinarians at an animal hospital recently had a rather peculiar encounter with what they thought was an “exotic” orange bird that was rescued by a passerby, only to find out that the poor animal was an ordinary seagull covered in Asian spice blends.
The incident happened on July 1 when a passerby spotted an orange-colored bird at the side of the A41 road in the United Kingdom, Mashable
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It turns out, the bird was actually a regular seagull covered in curry or turmeric. The spices, which originated in India, had prevented the poor animal from flying properly.
“We have no idea how he got into this predicament but thankfully, apart from the vibrant colour and pungent smell, he was healthy,” the hospital said.
The bird, who the hospital named as Vinny (after the Indian curry dish Vindaloo), was bathed by the vet team and is now looking much better.