The UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has recently received a number of calls about apparently intoxicated seagulls. Officers say they have fielded over a dozen calls recently with reports of the birds staggering about, and perhaps even flying drunk.
When bought in to the RSPCA facility, “they appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand” says veterinarian David Cooper. In a video released by the organization, one of the birds appears to have been in a fight and stumbles around the facility ‘drunk tank’ (most likely the floor of the RSPCA office.)
It is theorized that the sloshed avians have somehow either developed a taste for the alcohol-infused waste from area breweries or aren’t aware of the consequences. Left unsaid is the possibility that they may enjoy the experience.
Drunkenness in animals is not unknown, from birds, such as the Bohemian Waxwing from the Yukon, who get their drinks naturally fermented berries, to the Vervet monkeys of the Caribbean, who actually steal drinks from under the noses of tourists at fancy resorts. Perhaps the most extreme attempt to get high is found in Siberian reindeer, who reportedly eat hallucinogenic mushrooms on purpose.