62 Soy-Eating Seagulls Rescued From Tofu Factory

The hungry birds, who trapped themselves in a vat of tofu byproduct, were all safely extracted and are being treated to prevent hypothermia.


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More than 60 seagulls are recovering at a wildlife hospital after being rescued from a vat of tofu waste outside of a Vancouver tofu-producing company. The Wildlife Rescue Association (WRA) responded to a call last week about the trapped animals, who had entered the vat through holes in a metal grid large enough for the birds to land on and slip through but too small to allow for take off. “I just didn’t know the birds loved tofu this much,” Superior Tofu president Rita Cheng told CBC News. The rescue team worked with management to unlock the grid and shut off the flow of tofu waste that had threatened to smother the birds, according to the press release. With those obstacles overcome and with the help of blankets to calm the distressed animals, a rescue volunteer climbed into the vat and removed the birds one-by-one, all of whom survived, before transporting them to the WRA Wildlife Hospital for care. “Every corner of the hospital has a bird in a box, and over the next day or two, we will be treating injuries and assessing the cleaning needs of each gull,” WRA programs director Linda Bakker told The Province.