Nine gulls released into wild after being severely contaminated by cooking oil in Peterhead

Nine gulls have been released back into the wild after they were contaminated by cooking oil in the north-east.

The Scottish SPCA recovered the birds Peterhead on January 14 after being contacted by a concerned member of the public.

The charity’s animal rescue officer Michelle Mann picked up the birds and they were transported 150 miles to the charity’s National Wildlife Centre at Fishcross.

Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “We recently received nine birds which had been severely contaminated with cooking oil.

One of the birds after making a full recovery.

“Within a day of their arrival they were washed and treated to minimise any ingestion and feather damage.”

He added: “We are unsure how the gulls became contaminated but it is often due to oil simply being dumped, washed down a drain which eventually ends up in a river or estuary or even from a rubbish tip where gulls often feed.

“Thankfully all nine birds made a full recovery and were released back into the wild.”