Foul-Mouthed Parrots Removed from Wildlife Park for Swearing at Visitors

A group of parrots had to be removed from an English wildlife park for swearing at the guests.

The five parrots were adopted and brought to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park on August 15 and had quarantined together in the same room, where they had apparently taught each other curse words.

Steve Nichols, the park's chief executive, told local news website GrimsbyLive: "Every now and then you'll get one that swears and it's always funny. We always find it very comical when they do swear at you."

Staff could not help but smile at the cursing and their laughing encouraged the birds to continue swearing, Nichols said.

But it became an issue, he said, once the parrots learned to laugh and encourage each other to swear as a result.

Macaw parrot
A macaw is seen 24 November, 2007, at the aviary of La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a wildlife refuge for different animal species in the province of Sarapiqui some 70 kilometers north from San Jose. A group of parrots had to be temporarily removed from view at a U.K. wildlife park for swearing at guests. Getty/Yuri Cortez

The parrots had to be put on a time out away from the park's guests, but as soon as they were put back into view the swearing resumed. Within 20 minutes of being on display, the parrots had sworn at a guest and had directed obscene language at a group of people.

However, rather than causing offense, Nichols says that the cursing parrots have brought some light-heartedness to the park during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

There must be something about the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park that attracts parrots with big personalities. The park gained attention earlier this month for Chico, the singing parrot.

A video of Chico the parrot singing "If I Were a Boy" went viral earlier in September, and Nichols explained that the parrot's previous owner had clearly been a Beyoncé fan. But Chico had more in his repertoire, and was also heard singing songs by Gnarls Barkley, Lady Gaga, and Queen.

The park had already attracted guests who wanted to see a singing parrot and now they are visiting for the obscene language too, Nichols said.

He told the Grimsby Telegraph: "They have actually come to see Chico and now they have heard about the swearing parrots it is quite an unusual place where you are walking around and people are swearing at aviaries trying to get a parrot to swear back at them.

"It's all been with absolute fun—it's been brilliant. It's been a rough year but it has ended with a bit of a smile anyway."