Seagull left a sticky mess after diving into bin of jam and custard

Side-by-side of a seagull coated in jam and custard

The bird was unable to fly (Pictures: SecretWorldWildlifeRescue/BNPS)

A greedy seagull who gulped down sticky treats got their just desserts when animal welfare workers had to save them.

Wildlife rescue staffers at East Huntspill, Somerset, had to rescue the hungry bird who took a break from eating fish and chips to dine on binned food instead.

The seagull had dived beak-first into a waste container at the back of a dessert manufacturing firm when its lid had briefly been left open.

Staff were shocked to find the seagull’s once pure white feathers turned into a mucky brown mess of strawberry jam and cold custard.

Their feathers were coated in the substances, meaning that their wings were stuck together and so they couldn’t fly.

Workers at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue brought the bird back to the centre in a box before giving them the full-spa treatment of a shampoo and blow dry.

They had to stay at the wildlife centre for a few days (Picture: SecretWorldWildlifeRescue/BNPS)

They had to stay at the wildlife centre for a few days (Picture: SecretWorldWildlifeRescue/BNPS)

The seagull stayed at the sanctuary for a few days — though the complimentary continental breakfast there likely didn’t include jam and custard, we imagine.

Staff waited until the seagull preened themselves and built back up the natural oils on their feathers.

Seagulls certainly have a bad rep for flying at a mind-being speed into people’s chips (or bins behind cake shops, we guess) to nab a quick bite.

But the way seagulls snatch ice creams from tourists’ hands involves a fair amount of science, researchers have found.

The birds actually adjust to changes in wind currents by adjusting their wrist and elbow joints and morphing their wings.

Researchers hope that by understanding how birds glide so effortless that aircraft like passenger jets and drones may someday do the same.

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