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A Chicken Tikka Masala Bath Turned This Seagull Orange

"The thing that shocked us the most was the smell. He smelled amazing."

by Matthew James-Wilson
Jun 9 2016, 4:07pm


The orange seagull before his bath. Photo via Vale Wildlife Hospital& Rehabilitation Centre

A seagull took a nosedive into a giant vat of chicken tikka masala at a food factory in Wales on Monday and came out looking like Meryl Streep doing Trump cosplay, the Guardian reports.

After factory workers fished the cannibalistic gull out from his the pool of chicken curry, they handed him off to the Vale Wildlife Hospital, where he was given a much-needed bath.

"He really surprised everyone here—we had never seen anything like it before." Lucy Kells, a veterinary nurse at Vale, told the Guardian. "The thing that shocked us the most was the smell. He smelled amazing."

Vale workers were able to get the gull back to its natural color, but that delicious curry smell wouldn't wash away. The would-be Moltres has since been handed off to an outdoor aviary, where he can get some R&R before he's released back into the wild.

Apparently seagulls are pretty good at manipulating people into giving them free food and housing, at least when they don't just feel like stealing stuff outright.