Parrot Fails Mr. Congeniality Test

September 16 | 2 Comments

Eff OffI think I’ve found my new favorite animal species, outside of the canine set, that is.

The species? African Grey Parrots. I’ve done a story or two on them before, but their penchant for colorful language gets me cracking up every time. I wish I could be so free with words, but if I were, my father would shut this blog down in a second.

Here’s the latest in the Parrot language wars.

A foul-mouthed parrot is telling visitors to a zoo to “f*** off.

Max the African Grey blurts out the obscenity at South Park birdhouse in Darlington, Co Durham, after he was donated by a previous owner who became fed up with his language.

How does an innocent little bird become so tainted? Does it live in a tough neighborhood? Is its life filled with abuse? Seriously, what would make it want to continually tell people to ‘F’ off?

Keeper Peter Hansom blamed local schoolchildren for teaching him to swear.

That explains it. Damn kids.

“His favourite trick is to stick his head in a tin cup in his cage and then swear. He seems to know it makes a louder sound.”

The five-year-old can also mimic car alarms and mobile phone ringtones.

I’d give up a sack full of pigs ears to have Max live with me.  Tell me this guy wouldn’t be fun to have around just to torture my parents.


2 Responses to “Parrot Fails Mr. Congeniality Test”

  1. Jezzie on September 17th, 2008 9:05 pm

    Bo, trust me, living with a parrot ain’t always easy!  We have one and he tortures me and Bruti something terrible.  He calls us in mom’s voice and then when we go to him he laughs at us… yup, a stupid bird laughs at us… then he barks as us and tells us to go away.  It’s terrible, I tell ya. But then he also teases the cats which is pretty funny and they know better then to stick a paw in his cage because they wouldn’t get it back whole…. BOL!

    Wags and licks,

  2. AJ The Dog on September 25th, 2008 7:06 pm

    It’s not just parrots.  My man-owner swears all the time, too.  Especially when he’s with my woman-owner. 

    Then they do icky stuff.  They’re so sick….

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