• Question: Is it true that if you give a Seagull baking soda (because it can't burp) it will explode?

    Asked by andycollings to Laurence on 17 Jun 2014.
    • Photo: Laurence Perreault Levasseur

      Laurence Perreault Levasseur answered on 17 Jun 2014:

      If you give a lot of baking soda to a bird, it will so the same thing as if you give too much of it to a human: it’s stomach will expand because of the chemical reaction that happens with the acid in the stomach of the bird, but I don’t think the gas will be release fast enough to cause an explosion (I could be wrong though, i’ve never tried…).
      It might be possible that if you give a bird very large quantities of baking soda they will die (but even this would surprise me).