Listen Now: Foul-Mouthed Birds
A British zoo is separating five Gray Parrots over concerns they’re bad for business.
The five parrots joined the zoo’s colony of Gray Parrots in August. But it quickly became apparent they were very different from the rest of the bunch.
Turns out, the new residents had a problem with swearing. And to make things worse, the five parrots would egg each other on and enjoyed dropping some four-letter bombs.
The zoo’s chief executive says most parrots clam up when outside, but for some reason, these five always had plenty to say. He says no visitors have complained. In fact, most find it very amusing when a parrot tells them to F&%$ off. It can bring a much-needed smile in the middle of a tough year.
But the zoo doesn’t want to risk anyone getting upset, especially when it comes to the sensitive ears of younger visitors. He says parents won’t appreciate their children learning some choice words from birds.
So, the five have been split up and put in different areas of the zoo. Hopefully, the don’t teach their new roommates their old tricks.
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