Kicker – Parroting a blue streak


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: A British zoo has had to separate five parrots that keepers say were causing problems at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre.

Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie joined the zoo’s colony of 200 gray parrots last month. Here is one of them serenading visitors…

AUDIO: [SOUND OF PARROTS]

Typical parrot behavior, right? But soon the parrots displayed a penchant for singing a more colorful tune.

Keepers, and guests, soon discovered the parrots were encouraging each other to swear. 

With the foul-mouthed birds cursing up a storm, zoo workers finally had to separate them. 

The wildlife centre’s CEO Steve Nichols said “We’re quite used to parrots swearing, but we’ve never had five at the same time.” He added that “most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it.”

Nichols said they moved each bird to different areas of the park so they don’t “set each other off.”

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(Steve Nichols/Lincolnshire Wildlife Park via AP) This photo taken on Saturday Sept. 26, 2020 and issued by Lincolnshire Wildlife Park shows an African grey parrot at Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre in Friskney, England, one of five who were separated as keepers say they were encouraging each other to swear. 

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