A seagull got its own taste of spiritual ‘korma’ after it turned bright orange from falling into a vat of tikka masala, in a curry-ageous bid to get an easy meal.
On Monday, the bird fell into the container while trying to scavenge meat from a food factory bin and was rescued by workers at the site in Wales and flown off to Vale Wildlife Hospital in Gloucestershire.
Staff at the hospital used washing-up liquid to cleanse the bright orange from the seagull’s feathers so that he could return to his usual snow-white colour whilst also removing the pungent smell of takeaway.
Lucy Kells, Veterinary Nurse at the hospital, said: “He really surprised everyone here – we had never seen anything like it before.
“He had fallen into a waste vat of curry that was outside, it was chicken tikka masala. The thing that shocked us the most was the smell. He smelled amazing, he really smelled good.
“He cleaned up surprisingly well at the hospital, we used washing-up liquid a few times.”
The bird, which has been nicknamed ‘Gullfrazie’ on Facebook, was put into a cage after his ordeal.
Staff are feeding Gullfrazie fishy treats to build up his weight, so that he can live out the remainder of his spicy years in peace.