Five African grey parrots at a British zoo believed to be a bad influence on each other
Five newly adopted parrots at a British wildlife park have been temporarily removed from public view after they began swearing at visitors, The Guardian reported.
The parrots – named Billy, Elsie, Eric, Jade and Tyson – joined English county Lincolnshire’s Wildlife Park’s colony of 200 grey parrots in August. But soon after, they taught each other obscenities while quarantined together in the same room.
“We saw it very quickly – we are quite used to parrots swearing but we’ve never had five at the same time,” Steve Nichols, CEO of the wildlife park, told British news agency PA Media.
Nichols said the swearing made staff around the park laugh, but this only encouraged the five African grey parrots to keep going.
The parrots have since been distributed to different areas of the park so they do not “set each other off.”
No one had complained about the parrots, Nichols said, but they were separated for the sake of young visitors and in the hopes that they would pick up natural calls from the other African greys.
The parrots have been placed in an “off-shore enclosure” surrounded by other parrots, and the park hopes the other noises will have a good influence on the blue birds. The park is home to 1,500 parrots.
They will be released in separate areas so if they do let out profanities, “it is not as bad as three or four of them all blasting it out at once.”
The five foul-mouthed birds are not the only parrots at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park who seem to enjoy entertaining visitors.
Footage of a Chico, a nine-year-old yellow-crowned amazon parrot, singing American singer Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy” went viral on social media earlier this month.