July 8, 2019


This is not a phoenix. Veterinarians at the Tiggywinkles Clinic in Haddenham, UK, had a strange animal in early July.

After the locals called them to let them know that they had found a confused orange bird on the roadside, the vets had expected to deal with an exotic species. “We did not know what to expect, and we would never have guessed that!” They said in a post on the clinic’s Facebook page on July 1st.

Curry covered seagull
Curry covered seagull Facebook Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

The light orange-feathered animal was actually … a seagull covered with curry or turmeric.

“It was full of feathers and prevented him from flying properly,” said veterinarians, patiently cleaning the animal to restore its normal color.

He added, “We have no idea how he got into this situation, but luckily, except for that bright color and pungent smell, he was in good health.”

Strange as it may seem, this is not the first time such a situation has occurred. In 2016, veterinarians in the UK came across an orange gull, recalls the website Maischbar . This time it was a bit too greedy bird that had fallen into a chicken tikka masala in a food factory.