Parrots are wonderful creatures: they are among the most intelligent birds, they mate for life, they are the only birds that can eat with their feet and they are just plain beautiful, but, perhaps, their most distinctive feature is the fact that they can mimic…
Parrots are wonderful creatures: they are among the most intelligent birds, they mate for life, they are the only birds that can eat with their feet and they are just plain beautiful, but, perhaps, their most distinctive feature is the fact that they can mimic human sounds. Not only can these birds learn and memorize hundreds of words, but, they are also able to flawlessly reproduce them, and, let’s face it, when they do, it’s hilarious.
So what’s funnier than a parrot that can speak? Apparently one that swears!
The owners of a wildlife sanctuary in London found that out the hard way when they welcomed five new specimens of African Greys. Little did they know those five birds would end up in the news soon for all the wrong (yet funny) reasons.
Upon reaching the sanctuary, the parrots had to spend a mandatory quarantine period together before they could join the rest of the colony. Just standard procedure.
When the isolation period was over, the staff moved the birds to the main outdoor aviary, only to find out the parrots had taught each other a remarkable amount of curse words they loved to repeat out loud, even in front of the public.
According to the center’s chief executive, Steve Nichols, while they are used to parrots swearing, they’d never had five at a time.
And Now What?
Even though none of the visitors seemed to be bothered by the incident (quite the opposite), the staff thought best to separate the parrots and place them in different areas of the park, hoping they would widen their vocabulary repertoire.
Obviously though, Nichols confessed he was a little worried the parrots might teach those same bad words to the colony they’re with, ending up with dozens of foul-mouthed birds.
Do you think they did the right thing? What do you think will happen? Will the five naughty parrots learn to be more polite or will the rest of the colony learn from them?