A British wildlife sanctuary was forced to separate five parrots that would not stop cursing visitors. Keepers say the birds encouraged each other to keep swearing and had to be moved from the main aviary to the open.
Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade and Elsie were removed from sight this week, the Associated Press reports. They recently joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Center’s colony of 200 African gray parrots in August, were quarantined together, and quickly overwhelmed staff with their spiteful language.
“We’re quite used to parrot curses, but we’ve never had five at the same time,”
According to Nichols, none of the zoo visitors complained about the parrots and most found them funny.
“When a parrot tells you to ‘fuck it’, it amuses people a lot,” he said. “It brought a big smile to a really tough year.”
However, the keepers thought it would be best to keep them away from the children so as not to ruffle the feathers. They have been separated and moved to various areas of the wildlife center so that they cannot provoke each other.
Nichols told BBC News parrots “swear to trigger a reaction or a response,” so seeing people shocked or laughing only encourages birds to swear more.
“With the five, one would swear and another would laugh and that would go on,” he said.
“I hope they learn different words within the colonies,” Nichols added. “But if they teach other swear words and I end up with 250 birds swearing, I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Swearing parrots aren’t the only famous birds in the wildlife center. Last month, a parrot at the zoo named Chico went viral for singing Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy.”