If humans can change their hair color every season, why can’t a bird change it’s feather color?

Excitement was the order of the day after a ‘tropical bird’ that had bright blue and black feathers was ‘discovered.’ The people who found it thought they had found a unique and extraordinary bird never before witnessed by the human species. As you may have already deciphered, that was not the case–not even close.

Surprised onlookers going through a car park in Carlisle saw the bird wandering and quickly called welfare officers thinking that what they had spotted was an exotic bird. As you would expect, welfare officers quickly came to get the bird but it all ended in a good laugh after they found out that the bird wasn’t a special tropical bird like they had thought.

Seagull dyed electric blue
Image: (RSPCA / SWNS)

It was just a regular seagull that had been given an appearance upgrade by being dyed electric blue. The officers tried to get rid of the dye by cleaning up the seagull’s feathers as they wondered how the bird got dyed. Maybe it was the work of someone trying to express their creative side and dying the seagull a good way to let their talents shine?

The officer from the welfare office said that in his 20 years doing this kind of job, he had not come across a case like this one. He said that the cases he has dealt with before were some clumsy seagull’s fell into a container of beer, oil and curry but not a seagull that got a color change to look like a tropical bird. This was a once-in-a-blue-moon kind of situation. So technically, those who called in about the bird were in fact the first humans to see such a bird, even if it was just a dyed seagull.

There were all kinds of assumptions made as they tried to make sense of what may have happened to the bird. Was it someone who came up with a master plan to make the seagull look like a tropical bird? Could it have been powder that fell on the poor bird? Well, they didn’t know and hoped someone would show up and explain how the dye got on the little seagull. This would even help them try to prevent it from happening to another bird.

Stephen Wakwlin, one of the officers in the Wolfwood Wildlife and Dog rescue team said that they were doing what they could to get the bird to full recovery. The experience could have left him a little shaken up and traumatized since he was still not able to fly. He mentioned that they were taking care of the poor gull to make sure that he got better and could fly again.

The officers from the team thought that the bird might be about two years old and it would take him some time before his feathers could get back to their normal color. He would need to first grow new feathers so that the blue color could completely disappear. While it is quite sad to hear about what the little seagull had to go through, he is getting all the care he needs to help him back to his feet, or in this case, his wings.