A magnificent bright orange exotic bird was spotten on the highway and was rescued by a wildlife hospital who later smelled something 'fishy.'
Not the kind of headline you usually read but it is true! A group of passers-by noticed a beautiful bright orange bird, looking like a fiery phoenix and they were astonished. But, instead of flying high like a magnificent bird, the little guy was just casually walking on the side of the highway and people realized that something was wrong.
A call was made to the wildlife department and the experts arrived immediately to check the bird out. What they found, however, was something they have never seen in their medical careers.
Turns out, the orange bird who created a major buzz among the people and even made rounds on social media is no majestic phoenix but a regular seagull covered in curry. At first, the rescuers too were amazed when they looked at the orange bird but when they took it in, they smelled something as fishy as fish curry. They were baffled.
"This is one of the strangest casualty circumstances we have seen in a while! This bright-orange herring gull was rescued by kind members of the public who spotted him at the side of the A41. When they called to say they had picked up an orange bird, we had no idea what to expect – and would never have guessed at this!" Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, a facility for animals in Buckinghamshire, UK, posted on their Facebook page.
As the vets examined the bird, they found it was an imposter covered in Vindaloo Curry, Indian cuisine made up of hot spices. We're guessing the bird loved the curry so much, it decided to even bathe in it.
Now aptly named 'Vinny' by the vets, the bird couldn't fly because...guess? He had curry all over his feathers. Thankfully, that was the only thing wrong with him and after a good shower, Vinny is all set for his next adventure.
"He had somehow gotten himself covered in curry or turmeric! It was all over his feathers, preventing him from flying properly. We have no idea how he got into this predicament but thankfully, apart from the vibrant color and pungent smell, he was healthy.
Our veterinary team bravely bathed the gull (now named Vinny after a Vindaloo curry) to clean off his feathers. He managed to cover them in curry water, but eventually did let us scrub him clean," the vets revealed.
"He is now looking much better and should be able to go for release very soon! As we say, we never know what will come through our doors next! Huge thanks to the lovely finders who stopped to rescue him," they added. Mind you, this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Back in 2016, another 'orange exotic bird' was found in the UK as well who was also a seagull covered in chicken-tikka.
Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre in Gloucestershire, England took the bird in and realized it was just having some delicious food. "Anyone fancy a curry? This poor chap did!" they posted on their Facebook page.
"Sadly he was enjoying it so much he fell in! We've cleaned him up and he is doing well, with no upset tummy! Hopefully, he'll stick to a much more bland diet in the future!!," they added. Is it the same bird with a thing for Indian dishes? Shhhh...let the bird have some fun!