Rescued exotic 'Phoenix' bird turns out to be a seagull covered in curry

A bright yellow bird was rescued by Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in the UK. The staff wondered if this was some rare species of bird - perhaps even the mythological Phoenix rising.

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 colour and pungent smell, he was healthy.

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The veterinary team bathed the gull naming him 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,' they wrote.

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.

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