Saturday, October 3, 2020

The Bird's The Word

Imagine that you are walking down the street when out of the blue you hear someone say "Hey you ****** ****! Why don't you go **** your *****, you big dummy!", Well you turn around to see where the insult is coming from because you're going into flight or fight mode. 

And there staring at you with what can only described as amusement in its beady little eyes, is a parrot, who again tells you to go **** your *****.  Would you think this was funny? Would you want to have a talk with the parrot's owner? Would you get into a cussing match with the bird, perhaps inadvertently teaching it some new and more effective insults? 

LONDON — When Steve Nichols, the chief executive of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, heard employees loudly swearing in the next room, he went over to tell them off. But there were no employees in the next room. Just the birds. He then realized that five parrots who moved to the park in the same week shared an unfortunate trait: They all had filthy, filthy mouths.

With more colorful language than plumage, the African grey parrots — Billy, Elsie, Eric, Jade and Tyson — used different curse words in different British accents, but they were all unprintably coarse. At one point, a group of women walking past the aviary thought the lewd comments shouted at them were from a hidden staff member, Mr. Nichols said. 

The park had no complaints — in fact, visitors reveled in swearing right back at the birds — but the park officials feared children and parents might not enjoy the experience as much, he said. 

The chirpy birds were moved into a temporary space away from the public eye, giving them time to be around more family-friendly birds and hopefully clean up their vocabulary. The birds are expected to be released back into the main colony Wednesday, after their time removed for bad behavior. A major problem of the parrots’ language, he said, was that it was hilarious.

(Video below--no cursing)



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