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Five foul-mouthed parrots separated at a British wildlife park after swearing at customers
January 2020

A British zoo has been forced to separate five foul-mouthed parrots who wouldn't stop swearing at visitors after they encouraged each other to keep cursing.

Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie who all joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre's colony of 200 gray parrots in August, were removed from view this week, The Associated Press reports.

"We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we've never had five at the same time," said the zoo's chief executive, Steve Nichols. "Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it."

According to Nichols, none of the zoo's visitors complained about the parrots, and most found them amusing.

"When a parrot tells you to 'f-- off' it amuses people very highly," he said Tuesday. "It's brought a big smile to a really hard year."

Nichols said the parrots have been separated to save children's ears.

They were moved to different areas of the park so they don't "set each other off," he said.

Five foul-mouthed parrots separated at a British wildlife park after swearing at customers?(photos)

Nichols told British Broadcasting Corporation News that the parrots "swear to trigger reaction or a response," so seeing people shocked or laughing only encourages the birds to curse more.

"With the five, one would swear and another would laugh and that would carry on," he said.

"I'm hoping they learn different words within colonies," Nichols added. "But if they teach the others bad language and I end up with 250 swearing birds, I don't know what we'll do," he added.

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These are African Grey parrots. They can learn to speak very well and can live up to sixty years old.
 

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These are African Grey parrots. They can learn to speak very well and can live up to sixty years old.
I'm not a fan of the AG's as they are frequently mean and aggressive.

Bro was a dive boat captain for Spencer Slate for many years in Key Largo. They had a blue and gold Macaw. Big Bird eventually learned a few curse words. He would roll his head over and quietly say "fuck-you". It was obvious someone whispered it to him. Great bird. Someone eventually stole him.
 

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My wife and I roomed with someone in California years ago that had a Macaw parrot. It did not swear but we would hear it laugh like the previous owner every now and again who had died. It was strange when you would hear it laugh. She eventually sold or gave the parrot away after we moved out.
 

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Reminded me of a story a coworker told me of a parrot that belonged to a pool hall owner. Some guys that hung out there a lot had it saying "fuck you Charlie". Charlie was the pool hall owner.
 
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