Zoo Separates Potty-Mouthed Parrots After Encouraging Each Other To Spew Profanities
African gray parrots at Britain’s Lincolnshire Wildlife Center are in time out before they teach their naughty ways to other birds
Five African gray parrots find themselves in time out this week.
They are part of a flock of rescues taken in by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Center in England.
Funny or not so funny?
The five birds think it’s pretty funny to let the naughty words fly between each other and zoo visitors.
Jess Newton tells the BBC the “blue” language was kind of funny when the birds first arrived in August, but things have gotten kind of carried away when the gang was moved outside where they can interact with visitors.
The parrots love a response so they swear to trigger reaction. When people look shocked or laugh, it just encourages them to do it more.
Oh no, they didn’t!
Chief executive Steve Nichols told CNN, “They literally, within a very short period of time, starting swearing at each other.’F**k off’ is the most common one. It’s a very easy one for them to learn, but the birds would utter anything you can think of.”
The concern was the give naughty birds would teach the entire flock of 250 African grays to join in with the potty words.
Some people thought it was funny, but there was some concern with little kids coming to visit the exhibit.
Officials are hoping the birds will learn new words with their new colonies.
This is a talented flock.
Earlier this year, another parrot, Chico, went viral with his rendition of Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy.”
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