A ‘tropical’ chicken with vibrant blue and black feathers fooled folks into pondering they’d found one thing actually extraordinary.
The chicken was discovered wandering a carpark in Carlisle by shocked onlookers who alerted the RSPCA.
However welfare officers quickly confirmed the chicken was not tropical and was only a common seagull that had been dyed electrical blue.
After making an attempt to wash the blue dye from its feathers, thriller nonetheless surrounds what occurred to the seagull.
RSPCA officer Graham Carter mentioned he has by no means seen something prefer it in 20 years on the job.
He mentioned: ‘We’ve comparable conditions earlier than the place gulls have gotten themselves into hassle after falling into containers of beer, curry or oil.
‘We’ve additionally seen conditions the place some birds have been dyed pink earlier than, however we simply don’t know what occurred on this case with this poor chicken.
‘I ponder if some sort of blue powder has fallen on him and left him on this state. We would love to listen to from anybody who is aware of how this occurred.
‘If it’s a case of the chicken falling right into a liquid or substance we would love to know in order that we will discover the supply and ensure this doesn’t occur once more.
‘Or if it was carried out on goal we would love to know so we will look into this additional. At this stage we merely don’t know if this was an accident or malicious.’
Stephen Wakelin, from Wolfwood Wildlife and Canine Rescue, mentioned: ‘We’re doing our greatest for this poor gull and are hoping that he makes a full restoration.
‘We nonetheless don’t know what the substance is however we’re involved that it’s affecting him as he’s just a little dazed and remains to be unable to fly in the mean time.
‘We predict he’s round two years previous. It’ll take a while for him to return to regular color as he must moult and develop new feathers first.
‘We’re doing every part we will for him and ensuring he’s secure and properly taken care of.’
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