Parrots Separated at British Zoo After Encouraging Each Other to Curse at Guests

by Matthew Memrick
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A British Zoo separated five parrots after the group egged each other to curse profusely in front of guests in 2020.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre added the five to the colony of 200 African gray parrots this past year. The center moved the group from the main outdoor area. Keepers said the birds encouraged each other to curse.

The center moved Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie from visitors, The Associated Press reports. Astonishingly, the five came to the center from five separate owners. They were put into quarantine together but kept up the act. 

“We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we’ve never had five at the same time,” the center’s chief executive, Steve Nichols, told the Associated Press. “Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it.” 

Nichols said that the zoo’s visitors did not complain about the parrots, and most found them amusing. Mainly, children were the reason for the move.

The BBC reported that the parrots “swear to trigger reaction or a response” so if people look shocked or laugh, it just encourages them to do it more, he said.

“With the five, one would swear, and another would laugh, and that would carry on,” Nichols said.

The center’s chief executive admitted his amusement by the birds.

“When a parrot tells you to ‘f*** off’ it amuses people very highly,” Nichols said to The Associated Press. “It’s brought a big smile to a really hard year.” 

The five were separated and moved to different center areas to keep each other from further influence.

Crazy Parrots Separated, Now Funny Geese Flying Upside Down

This past week in the Netherlands, experts determined that a goose was flying crazy just to show off.

A photographer caught the dark gray-brown Bean goose near the town of Arnhem. The goose was flying upside down. 

The maneuver, called whiffling, is when geese roll their bodies upside down in the air. The bird then twists its neck and head 180 degrees around to its normal position. From the ground, it looks like the bird is descending in a zig-zag motion.

Photographer Vincent Cornelissen saw three geese and noticed that one of them was behaving odd.

“I saw that one of the three had trouble flying in a straight line. He was having a hard time which I thought was because of the wind. He seemed to be struggling, so I took some pictures of him.”

Wildlife photographer and Bird Protection Netherlands official Lars Soerink said the image might reflect a goose that’s learning new tricks.

“Once young geese have mastered flying, they start to see what is possible and how far they can go,” Soerink said.

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