Five parrots had to be removed from the public in a wildlife park after the birds started scolding customers.
The newly adopted parrots were taken in at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park on Aug. 15, but had to be removed from the public after they started yelling the profanity.
The park in Friskney, which opened in 2003 and is home to over 1,500 parrots, Lincolnshire Live Report.
The birds were all quarantined together in the same room, but soon discovered that they all had one thing in common – the ability to speak bad language.
When the staff at the park heard about this, they couldn’t help but crack and smile, which, according to Steve Nichols, the park’s general manager, only encouraged the birds more.
He said, “For the past 25 years we’ve always picked up parrots that sometimes had a bit of blue language and we’ve really gotten used to it.
“Every now and then you get someone who swears and who is always funny. We always find it very funny when they berate you.
“But by chance we recorded five in the same week, and because they were all quarantined together, it meant that one room was just full of cursing birds.
“The more they swear, the more you usually laugh, which then leads them to swear again.
“But when you have four or five together who have learned to swear and of course learned to laugh, you laugh when you swear and before you know it it just has to be like an old scenario of a workers’ club where everyone just curse and laugh. “
The birds were soon exhibited – but it wasn’t long before the swearing resumed.
Mr. Nichols, who admits it is pretty funny when the birds swear, said, “Within 20 minutes of the introduction, we were literally told that they had conjured a client and all sorts of profanity was coming out to the next group of people.
“And for one of our young girls, they really abused her.
“We found it very amusing and the customers were fine – they weren’t a problem at all.
“But we were worried because we had a weekend ahead of us and children were coming.”
Although people wanted to be made to laugh at incredibly worrying times with coronavirus, it was decided to place the birds where they could not be heard before the children arrived.
Mr Nichols said, “We put them in an offshore enclosure with the intention that hopefully they will start learning the noise of the other parrot that is nearby.
“They are African gray parrots and are very, very good at learning vocalizations from all kinds of sounds.
“What we’re going to do now is release them, but in separate areas. At least when they swear, it’s not as bad as three or four of them blowing it out at the same time.”
Mr Nichols admits that the swearing parrots brought some relief during a difficult time for the park due to the pandemic.
He said, “It was very difficult. The charity will lose between £ 300,000 and £ 400,000 this year.
“It was a very tough year, but we are the eternal optimists and we have no choice. We must keep moving forward.
“We are now planning for next Easter and hope that by then at least everything will be in a kind of normality.”
The park also made headlines around the world after a video was shown of Chico, a parrot in the park. To sing Beyonce’s “If I were a boy” quickly became known.
And Mr. Nichols says that along with the swearing parrots has been good for business.
He said, “It has kept a kind of normality. It didn’t make any money and it didn’t make us safe, but lots of people came to visit it.
“You actually came to see Chico, and now you’ve heard of the swearing parrots. It’s a pretty unusual place to walk around and people swear by aviaries trying to get a parrot to swear back on them.
“It’s an adult theme park right now, but only for the language.
“It was all absolutely fun – it was brilliant. It was a tough year but it ended with a smile anyway.”