When strangers reported finding a bright orange bird along a highway, a British wildlife hospital did not know what to expect. As they later found out, the potentially exotic bird they thought they should encounter was actually just a seagull covered completely in curry.
Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire described the condition of the seagulls as "one of the strangest cases of accidents we have seen in a while!" in a Facebook post last week.
The bird somehow got into curry or turmeric – and it prevented him from flying properly, according to the hospital.
"We have no idea how he got into this problem, but fortunately he was healthy," the hospital offered. "In addition to the vibrant color and sharp smells, he was healthy."
The hospital even called him Vinny after Vindaloo curry. Members of the hospital's veterinary "brave" bathed him to clean his feathers. After a little reluctance he let them scrub him. Pictures from the hospital show Vinny's dramatic transformation – from orange to mostly white.
"He now looks much better and should be able to quickly go to publishing! As we say, we never know what comes through our doors Next!" the hospital said.
This is not the first time a seagull has been doused in curry in the UK A seagull in Wales became bright orange after being in a pot tikka masala in 2016. The bird was taken to a nearby animal hospital where vets scrub the bird clean .