A posse of potty-mouthed parrots had to be relocated at a British zoo because of their propensity for cursing.
The swearing got so bad that park employees at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre had to take the extreme measure to separate five African grey parrots to silence them.
According to the Associated Press, Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie — who were welcomed to the park in August — were removed from each other’s presences after keepers discovered they were encouraging each other to curse and rally in expletive-filled rants together.
“We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we’ve never had five at the same time,” the zoo’s chief executive, Steve Nichols, told the news outlet.
“Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it.”
Though most visitors overhearing the colorful language laugh it off, the unruly behavior got to the point where the zoo had no other recourse.
“When a parrot tells you to ‘f–k off’ it amuses people very highly; it’s brought a big smile to a really hard year,” said Nichols.
The five parrots were spread out to different areas in the zoo, a move designed, according to Nichols, to not “set each other off.”
Nichols told BBC News that the foul-mouthed birds would “swear to trigger a reaction or a response.”
As park visitors burst into laughter or other birds reacted at their interjections, they’d hurl more bad words.
“With the five, one would swear and another would laugh and that would carry on,” he said.
“Some visitors found it funny, but with kids visiting at weekends we decided to move them.”
Added Nichols: “I’m hoping they learn different words within colonies, but if they teach the others bad language and I end up with 250 swearing birds I don’t know what we’ll do.”
Aside from these five naughty birds, Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is also home to Chico, a nine-year-old yellow-crowned Amazon parrot who recently went viral for his hysterical rendition of Beyoncé’s 2008 hit song If I Were a Boy.
In the video, shared on the park’s Facebook and Instagram pages, Chico sits in his cage while busting out the pitch-perfect vocals to the song’s opening lines.
Park visitors, meanwhile, could be heard laughing in the background admiring Chico’s performance.
“Chico sings #Beyonce classic #lincswildlife,” the park wrote on Instagram alongside footage of Chico singing.