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A wildlife hospital thought they had found a rare bird- only to find out that they were indeed mistaken.

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital recently received a very unique visitor.

A seagull came through their doors on July 1st, sporting a bright orange hue.

The hospital had never seen a bird like this before, and were very surprised by his coloring.

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The bird was rescued off the highway and was brought to the UK wildlife home, known as Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. The hospital, recognized as "the first and world's busiest wildlife teaching hospital" according to their Facebook page, sees over 10,000 British wildlife casualties every year.

However, they had never seen a case like this.

Turns out, the seagull's color wasn't a result of strange genetics at all. Their Facebook post, which has received almost 700 shares, recounts the discovery they made as they were bathing the bird.

"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."

The bird did let them wash the curry off, but not without covering the team in curry water.

Here's the hospital's original post.

Once the bird's feathers were cleansed, they saw that he was just a regular seagull; one that had evidently gotten himself in a very uncommon predicament. He was affectionately named Vinny, after Vindaloo curry.
"He is now looking much better and should be able to go for release very soon," reads the viral Facebook post.
"As we say, we never know what will come through our doors next!"









Vinny is doing much better, and is due to be released in the coming days.

Let's hope he doesn't find himself back in the hospital covered in any sort of food again.

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