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Bright Orange Exotic Bird Turns Out To Be Seagull Covered In Curry

Is this the bird equivalent of fancy dress?

Staff at a UK wildlife hospital have treated an impostor exotic bird, which upon further inspection turned out to be a seagull covered in spices.

When the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital got a call from members of the public who had kindly rescued an "orange bird" from the side of the road, the hospital wasn't quite sure what they were dealing with.

Instead of finding a wayward Flame Robin or a very confused Orange Fruit-Dove on a trip from Fiji, vets discovered the bird had got its colouring from "curry or turmeric".

Image: Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

"It was all over his feathers, preventing him from flying properly," the wildlife hospital said in a 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 bird -- named 'Vinny' by staff after the Indian dish Vindaloo curry --was promptly given a scrub and came up looking as good as new.

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Image: Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital
Image: Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

"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!" the hospital said.

While this might have been a first for Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, it isn't a first for the UK.

In 2016, a seagull (no way of telling whether or not it's the same one), fell into a container of chicken tikka masala while trying to scavenge a piece of meat from a food factory bin.

Workers at the business in south east Wales managed to rescue the animal, before handing it over to Vale Wildlife Hospital for a bath.