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Hundreds of ring-billed gulls take flight near the end of Park Point in Duluth in this July 2013 file photo. An unusual vitamin deficiency first discovered in birds in Europe may be striking down gulls around the Twin Ports harbor, wildlife rehabilitation experts say. (News Tribune file photo)

Twin Ports gulls face unusual affliction

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An unusual vitamin deficiency first discovered in birds in Europe may be striking down gulls in the Twin Ports harbor, wildlife rehabilitation experts say, and it appears to be killing Great Lakes fish as well.

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Several ring-billed gulls found in the Twin Ports have been treated at Wildwoods wildlife rehabilitation center in Duluth, cured with a shot of vitamin B1.

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