Good Samaritans Bring in ‘Exotic’ Bird to Vet, Find Out It’s a Seagull Covered in Curry

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A brightly colored “exotic” bird was noticed by those driving on an interstate earlier this month. It looked like it was struggling and injured, so concerned citizens decided to bring it to a nearby veterinarian hospital to have it checked out. After a quick checkup, veterinarians determined the bird was not exotic at all.

The bird was taken to the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in the United Kingdom after passerbys noticed the vibrantly colored bird on the side of the road. Many thought it was odd seeing what appeared to be a tropical bird in an inner city, but witnesses claimed the bird looked as if he was struggling to fly.

On July 1, when the bird was taken to the wildlife hospital by good Samaritans, they noticed a strange, pungent smell emitting from the bird.

After giving the bird a quick glance over, vets determined that the bird was not injured at all. In fact, he was perfectly healthy. He also was not an “exotic” bird. Come to find out, the bird was merely a seagull that had somehow gotten curry all over its feathers, Mashable reported.

The hospital, which posted the incident on their Facebook page, stated: “We had no idea what to expect — and would never have guessed this!” The bird was aptly named “Vinny” after the Indian dish Vindaloo.

The curry had stuck the bird’s wings together, which was stopping him from taking flight. The seagull was given a bath but that didn’t stop him from getting curry water all over the vets trying to clean him, according to their Facebook post.

“We have no idea how he got into this predicament but thankfully, apart from the vibrant colour and pungent smell, he was healthy,” the post read in part.

There are plans to release Vinny back into the wild soon. Hopefully, he will steer clear of getting into food, and if he does get into food, hopefully, he doesn’t try to bath in it again.