Parrots who swore at zoo visitors removed from public view

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/09/29/parrots-who-swore-at-zoo-visitors-removed-from-public-view.html

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“Gray parrots work blue.”

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Reminds me of the (probably – but I hope not – apocryphal) story about Churchill’s macaw, who was still cursing out Hitler decades after her owner died.

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Back in the late 90’s I did some image optimization work for a client who used a lot of images in his powerpoint presentations which was not trivial in those days. One of his images was of a chimp at the local free zoo that had learned to flip the bird at people. There were some really proud teenagers out there.

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Maybe they were raised on episodes of Father Ted

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I guess my feelings about this depends on whether the new situation is better or worse from the perspective of the parrots.

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I wish them good luck with that… but I doubt it’s going to make much of a difference. African Greys are one of the smartest breeds of parrots; some have hundreds of words in their vocabularies. Those birds aren’t going to forget how to swear any time soon.

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Given what’s been happening so far in 2020, I’ll bet those kids wouldn’t be shocked by harsh language.

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Has any kid ever resisted the temptation to try teaching a parrot bad language?

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My grandparents had a parrot who spoke using their southern accents. We tried to get him to say, “Kiss my grits!” Looking back, it was a missed opportunity. :smiling_imp:

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I’d love to have a parrot that swears!
And I suppose I’m not the only one.

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Aw, man. I would totally visit a zoo/sanctuary with a gang of cursing parrots.

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I’m gonna wait a couple of years and then visit that zoo. I trust by then these birds will not only have learned the vocalizations of the extant parrots - but also, in turn, the others will have also learned how to swear. The place should (hopefully) sound like a Barbary Coast drink house.

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Hope they have someone on the staff that can help with the behavior and train them to prefer more of their natural calls. But certainly amused at the idea of a group of parrots letting a bunch of kids have it

Kids? My bird learned how to say “dammit” from my very grown father. :laughing:

I’d say there’s a fairly good chance of that happening. Birds are very social and pick up sounds from their surroundings… :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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Take them down to Hampshire

It’s OK, humans deserve to be cursed at.

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Squawk, Thought Police, Squawk!

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Sweary parrots?

Sign me up for a season ticket.

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