Foul-mouthed parrots are a draw for visitors and swearing is repeated parrot-fashion

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park has a problem with parrots swearing. They’ve been swearing at visitors for a long time. It’s probably very amusing but it may upset some paying customers. And it’s catching. If some parrots swear some other parrots copy it parrot-fashion and so it spreads.

Swearing parrot.
Swearing parrot. Image: MikeB (Canva license).

P.S. Yes, this is not about cats. I need to spread my wings! 😁

I think it has to be stated that if parrots are swearing at visitors, they must have learned the art of swearing from the visitors in the first place. You can’t blame the parents then, can you?

Perhaps Lincolnshire Wildlife Park should have a sign asking visitors not to square at the parrots! 😊

What the wildlife park did do was to remove the swearing parrots. They removed five African gray parrots: Billy, Tyson, Eric, Jade and Elsie.

They were removed for three months in 2020 because their swearing at visitors got too much. But the profanities had entered the vocabulary of three more parrots: Captain, Sheila and Eric.

The park has now decided to bring the five naughty parrots back into the flock of more than 1000 rehomed parrots and parakeets from more than 100 species at the park.

They hope that in doing so their profanities will be drowned out by the other parrots and their impact diluted to the point where it is no longer a problem.

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Steve Nichols, the chief executive, admitted that the park could end up with 100 swearing parrots but he believes that it will be diluted as mentioned and the man has 35 years’ experience of rescuing and rehabilitating the species.

He added that, “Parrots are flock creatures. Even though they swear, the welfare of the birds has to come first.” He was speaking to the BBC.

He agreed that the swearing would not be eradicated completely because once it’s part of their vocabulary it sticks and is there for good.

He also agreed that in some respects the foul-mouthed parrots are a draw for visitors because it can be funny to many people. This is quite important in a world which has become very serious with the troubles that we all face such as the wars and global warming.

Nichols added that “You never tire of being told off by a parrot.”

My thanks to The Times for reporting this story.

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