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Parrots Removed from Wildlife Park after Swearing at Visitors

BERLIN - OCTOBER 27: A yellow-breasted cockatoo sits in its cage at Vogelpark Teltow, a bird park and petting zoo, October 27, 2005 in Berlin, Germany. The European Union has announced it will ban the import of exotic birds and impose stricter rules on the private ownership of parrots and other pet birds in a further effort to contain the deadly bird flu virus, also known as avian flu, or H5N1. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Five potty-mouthed parrots have been removed from a British wildlife park because they wouldn’t stop swearing at visitors.

“I get called a fat tw*t every time I walk past,” says Steve Nichols, chief executive of Lincolnshire Wildlife Park. “They were all swearing; we were a little concerned about the children.” So on Tuesday, the African grey parrots were separated and removed from public view, Nichols say.

Oddly enough, the birds — named Eric, Jade, Elsie, Tyson and Billy — were recently donated to the park by different owners. Nichols believes they learned the inappropriate language from each other. “They literally, within a very short period of time, starting swearing at each other,” Nichols says.

“‘F*** off’ is the most common one; it’s a very easy one for them to learn.” Officials hope separating the birds will prompt them to clean up their acts.

What’s the most offensive thing your pet has done? Have you ever encountered a parrot that wouldn’t shut up?

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