It was unclear what was going on with the feathered Phoenix, and animal rescuers were not sure what to expect at first.
According to the hospital in Buckinghamshire, UK, the bird somehow dipped in curry or turmeric, which prevented it from flying properly.
Vinny, named after veterinarians in honor of the Vindaloo curry he was covered with, had a "pungent odor," but was otherwise healthy, the hospital said.
All he needed was a bath. Rescue workers were finally able to clear the curry from the herring gull after arguing and covering the veterinary team with curry water.
After being thoroughly scrubbed and returned to its natural white color, Vinny will soon be ready to fly, but hopefully not in curry dishes.
Oddly enough, this is not the first time a seagull needs thorough cleaning after a curry bath.
"We cleaned him up and he's fine without stomach upset! Hopefully he'll stick to a more boring diet in the future !!" Lucy Kells, a veterinary nurse, told CNN.