Wildlife Park Removes a Gang of Parrots for Cussing Out the Customers

Ricardo Arduengo
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In this photo taken Thursday June 23, 2011, a Puerto Rican parrot is pictured inside a fly cage at El Yunque National Forest protected habitat in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. The parrots are one of about 34 Amazon parrots’ species found in the Americas. They are known for the bright red shock of feathers at their forehead, white rings around their eyes and the shimmering blue feathers under their wings. The Puerto Rican parrot has hovered at the edge of extinction for decades but is now making a bit of a comeback. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)


At Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Great Britain, a bunch of feathers got recently ruffled over five new African grey parrots.

Not long ago, the beaked bunch of Eric, Jade, Elsie, Tyson, and Billy were individually donated to the sanctuary.

They were collectively quarantined.

Evidently, at least one was a bad egg. And that hooligan passed on some switchblade ways to the rest.

Once placed on public display, the crew brandished a crude chorus like street-corner cretins heckling from their nest of naughtiness.

CNN reports:

“It just went ballistic, they were all swearing,” the venue’s chief executive Steve Nichols told CNN Travel on Tuesday. “We were a little concerned about the children.”

The taloned, tawdry talkers were cussing out customers.

“They literally, within a very short period of time, starting swearing at each other. ‘F**k off’ is the most common one.”

Steve noted the F-Bomb send-off is “a very easy one for them to learn,” but they’ll repeat “anything you can think of.”

Amid the cacophony of cursing, it seems a gang war got going:


“The visitors were giving them as much back as what they were giving to them.”

More from CNN:

Nichols said the group of birds would encourage the language “to trigger reaction or a response” from guests, according to BBC.

“With the five, one would swear and another would laugh and that would carry on”…

The fowl-mouthed flock spared no one — not even Steve:

“I get called a ‘fat t**t’ every time I walk past.”

Finally, staff broke up the brood.

The CEO hopes with each instigator among better-behaved birds, a more appropriate influence will win out.

It appears the park doesn’t know which parrot was the source of obscenity. Perhaps they all claimed a little birdie told ’em the words.

If faculty search the suspects for clues, my advice is to look for a prison tattoo.

Of course, separating the X-rated ornithological offenders could backfire bigly.

As indicated to the BBC, Steve’s aware:

“I’m hoping they learn different words within colonies – but if they teach the others bad language and I end up with 250 swearing birds, I don’t know what we’ll do.”

If you’re thinking you’ve heard of the park before, you’re probably right.

Earlier this year, one of its colorful caged characters, Chico, went viral with his soaring rendition of Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy”:


They’d better keep Chico away from the Filthy Five.

Otherwise, spectators could soon be served a crowed cover of Cardi B.

As for reforming the tasteless tropical troupe, hopefully the brightly-bedecked delinquents can swear off their off-color ways.

Indeed, at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, vulgarity is for the birds.



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