Five parrots at British wildlife park removed for swearing at visitors

Five parrots at a British wildlife park were removed from public view after they started swearing at customers.

The birds were split up after they launched a number of abuses at visitors and staff.

Staff now hope the birds’ language will become more family-friendly now that they have been separated.

The African grey parrots — named Eric, Jade, Elsie, Tyson and Billy — were given to the park from five different owners within the same week, and shared a quarantining facility together before being placed on display.

Most customers enjoyed the talent once the parrots were displayed.

“The visitors were giving them as much back as what they were giving to them,” the venue’s chief executive Steve Nichols said.

The pandemic has led to a surge in donations, as owners spend more time with their birds and decide to give them to parks that can provide them with a larger living space.

African greys are among the most popular species of parrot. Around 1.1 million indoor birds were kept as pets in the UK in 2019, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association.