After they started swearing at customers, five parrots were removed from public view at a British wildlife park.
After they unleashed a range of different expletives at tourists and employees just days after being donated to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in eastern England, the foul-mouthed birds were split up.
“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.”
“I get called a fat t**t every time I walk past,” Nichols complained.
Within the same week, the African grey parrots-named Eric, Jade, Elsie, Tyson and Billy-were donated to the park by five different owners and shared a quarantine facility with each other before being exhibited.
“They literally, within a very short period of time, starting swearing at each other,” Nichols said.
“’F**k off’ is the most common one,” he explained– “it’s a very easy one for them to learn” – but the birds would utter “anything you can think of.”
“The visitors were giving them as much back as what they were giving to them,” Nichols said.
“To take in a swearing parrot isn’t an unusual thing, it’s something that happens probably three or four times a year,” Nichols said.
“We would normally take in one or two parrots in a fortnight. Today we took in eight,” he said.