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Wildlife Park Removes Parrots From Display After They Start Swearing At Visitors

Claire Reid

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Wildlife Park Removes Parrots From Display After They Start Swearing At Visitors

Featured Image Credit: MEN/Lincolnshire Live

A wildlife park has had to move several parrots back into isolation after they started swearing at visitors.

The five African grey parrots moved to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park on 15 August and were kept in a room together but it seems as though the cheeky birds spent their time in isolation picking up swear words.

Although staff at the zoo found the parrots' foul language pretty hilarious, action had to be taken when they started swearing in front of paying customers.

The wildlife park's CEO Steve Nichols said the birds had been placed in 'time out' before revealing that across his 25 years working with parrots he has come across some that 'sometimes had a bit of blue language'.

Credit: MEN/Lincolnshire Live
Credit: MEN/Lincolnshire Live

Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, he said: "For the last 25 years, we have always taken in parrots that have sometimes had a bit of blue language and we have really got used to that.

"Every now and then you'll get one that swears and it's always funny. We always find it very comical when they do swear at you.

"But, just by coincidence, we took in five in the same week and because they were all quarantined together it meant that one room was just full of swearing birds.

"The more they swear the more you usually laugh which then triggers them to swear again.

"But when you get four or five together that have learnt the swearing and naturally learnt the laughing so when one swears, one laughs and before you know it just got to be like an old working men's' club scenario where they are all just swearing and laughing."

The parrots had only been put on display to the public for 20 minutes when there were reports of them swearing at guests.

Nichols added: "We found it highly amusing and the customers were fine - they were no problem at all.

"But we worried because we had a weekend coming up and children coming."

Staff at the park now plan to release the birds into five separate areas so they can't encourage each other.

Topics: UK News, Animals

Claire Reid
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