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BRITISH SEAGULLS FAVOR CURRY

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
August 2019
BRITISH SEAGULLS FAVOR CURRY

Chicken curry is extremely popular around the world, but chickens aren’t the only birds suitable for curry. Duck curry is popular in the Caribbean, and you’ll also find turkey curry and pigeon curry among the favorite dishes of some South Asian families.

But what about seagull curry? No, it’s not yet on anyone’s menu, but if it ever does catch on, you’d probably blame the British for it. That’s because seagulls have found themselves in curry at least three times in Britain.

The most recent curried seagull, spotted on the side of a highway, was so yellow that onlookers first thought it was an exotic bird of some sort. Because it had trouble flying, the bird was taken to Tiggywiggles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire, where veterinary workers named it “Vinny” after the vindaloo curry that it had apparently dipped itself in.

“We have no idea how he got into this predicament but thankfully, apart from the vibrant colour and pungent smell, he was healthy,” the hospital said in a Facebook message.

In 2016, the BBC reported two other incidents of seagulls being covered in curry after falling into food containers discarded at factories. One of those birds turned bright orange after apparently entering a container of chicken tikka masala.

Lucy Kells, a veterinary nurse in Gloucestershire who helped clean the orange bird, quipped to a radio host, “He actually smelled delicious!”


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]



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