The young herring-gull was sprayed all over with red paint by cruel yobs
The bird was taken in by Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary in North Yorkshire
'Poppy' will not be live among other gulls as she will be victim of bullying
Wildlife experts call the act 'disgusting' and say bird's feathers are ruined
PUBLISHED: 11:35, 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 08:18, 23 August 2014
A young herring-gull will need specialist care for years after cruel yobs attacked it with spray paint.
The bird was taken in by Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary, North Yorkshire, after she was found covered in thick red paint.
The baby gull, who rescuers have named Poppy due to her new colour, is only a few months old and now faces a couple of flightless years while waiting for the damaged feathers to fall out.
A young herring-gull was discovered with her feathers painted red after it was taregted by yobs
Alexandra Farmer, 25, who runs the sanctuary, said Poppy will not be able to live among the other gulls because she will be the victim of bullying.
She said: 'She will be staying here at the sanctuary for a couple of years.
'She won't be able to fly now because the paint has made the feathers rock hard and stiff. She keeps looking at her feet because they are so red but there is not way to wash it off.