Mystery Surrounds Bright Orange Seagull Rescued From Roadside
"He is now looking much better."
Rescuers from the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in England have seen their fair share of animals in need — but nothing could quite prepare them for this.
On Monday, the clinic announced the rescue of a bright orange seagull who had been spotted stranded along a roadside and taken in by Good Samaritans. Oddly enough, the source of the coloring was found not to be paint or dye. It was spice.
"He had somehow gotten himself covered in curry or turmeric!" the hospital wrote.
How the bird became covered in the spice is a total mystery. Fortunately, though it was apparently making it difficult for him to fly, he was otherwise just fine.
"We have no idea how he got into this predicament, but thankfully, apart from the vibrant color and pungent smell, he was healthy," rescuers wrote.
Help was on the way.
The gull was then given a good scrub, bringing about an end to his strange, orange ordeal.
Apart from an ever-so-slight tinge of orange still lingering on his feathers, the bird is back to his old self again.
While it may never be known for certain how this gull's spice-covered situation all got started, there's no mystery that its ending is a happy one:
"He is now looking much better and should be able to release very soon!" the clinic wrote. "As we say, we never know what will come through our doors next!"