Zoo Separates 5 Parrots After Birds Were Caught Encouraging Each Other To Swear At Guests

April 19, 2022

A parrot sanctuary in England has had to separate five foul-mouthed parrots who keepers say were encouraging each other to swear.

5 parrots swearing
African grey parrots

Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade and Elsie joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre's colony of 200 grey parrots in August 2020, and quickly overwhelmed the staff with their naughty language.

"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."

Nichols told BBC 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.

5 parrots swear
Credit: Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

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. "It's brought a big smile to a really hard year."

Still, keepers thought it would be best to keep them away from children.

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

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