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Rescued bright orange bird turned out to be a seagull covered in curry

When concerned citizens called an animal hospital in England to say they had rescued a “bright orange” bird from the side of the highway, the staff wasn’t sure what to expect.

Upon further examination, the veterinary team at the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital soon realized they weren’t dealing with an exotic animal at all — just a seagull covered in curry.

“This is one of the strangest casualty circumstances we have seen in a while!” according to a Facebook post from the hospital. “We have no idea how he got into this predicament but thankfully, apart from the vibrant colour and pungent smell, he was healthy.”

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Staff at the Buckinghamshire, England hospital say the gull somehow got curry or turmeric all over his feathers, which prevented him from flying properly. The bird, named Vinny after the popular Indian dish Vindaloo curry, put up a fight but eventually let the staff scrub off his feathers.

After his bath Vinny is “looking much better,” according to the post. The hospital staff thanked the concerned passersby who brought Vinny in and said he will likely be released soon.

This isn’t the first time a seagull in England has had a run in with Indian food. In 2016, a gull named Gullfrazie fell into a vat of chicken tikka masala while trying to scavenge for food at a factory in Gloucestershire, the Guardian reported.

Staff at the Vale Wildlife Hospital said it was fairly easy to get that bird clean, but the smell of curry lingered.

“He really surprised everyone here – we had never seen anything like it before,” veterinary nurse Lucy Kells told the Guardian. “The thing that shocked us the most was the smell. He smelled amazing, he really smelled good.”

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