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Foul-Mouthed Birds Suspended from Wildlife Park for Swearing

Time to add another penny into the swear jar!

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Time to add another penny into the swear jar! 

Five parrots from a wildlife park in Lincolnshire, England, have been removed from display after collectively swearing at visitors. 

The foul-mouthed parrots had been adopted by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park last August. Following their adoption, the birds had been quarantined together.

However, what was intended as a peaceful retreat, resulted in what chief-executive Steve Nichols described, as an “old working men’s club.” 

With twenty minutes after their debut, the five new African grey parrots had begun cursing at visitors.

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According to Nichols, since its opening in 2003, the park has been accustomed to taking in parrots with “a bit of [a] blue language.” However, unlike taking in one swearing parrot per season, the center took in five simultaneously, enabling pandemonium. 

“They are African grey parrots,” Nichols explained; as a species, “they are very, very good at learning vocalizations from all sorts of noises.”

“The parrots swear to trigger [a] reaction or a response, so if people look shocked or laugh, it just encourages them to do it more.”  

Despite the adult-humor, the center decided to suspend the parrots, with respect to children who visit on weekends.

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“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,” Nichols added.

For now, the center is looking forward until the birds can kick out the habit. 

But hey, better to have a cursing animal than one trying to kill you (click here for more). 

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Dharma is a writer and creator based in San Diego.

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