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Swearing parrot shocks rescue workers

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:09 PM

A distinctive parrot has been found which dances, whistles, and swears like a sailor.

Officials from the Scottish SPCA, who were called to rescue him from a garden in Livingston, say they were immediately struck by the parrot's wide and colourful vocabulary.

Now they are trying to find the, possibly embarrassed, owner of the foul-mouthed bird, a Timneh African grey.

http://www.telegraph...ue-workers.html

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:37 PM

Arr Jim lad it be Long John Silver's parrot and he be called Cap'n Flint...

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:17 PM

hahahahaha!


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:01 PM

Made me think of this fellow.
I'm not sure if he says WTF and/or mutha****.....maybe both.
He seems pretty upset anyway :D



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:39 AM

Reminds me of a joke one of my school teachers once told me.  A man buys a parrot from the shop, and gets a great discount because the parrot is known to be a potty-mouth.  But he reckons he can get around it, he takes it home and the parrot takes one look at the man's wife and says "gee, you're an ugly old bag".  The man was infuriated and demanded the parrot not say it again.  The parrot looked at him for a second and then repeated his words - "what an ugly old bag".  "THAT'S IT" the man roared, "I'm going to punish you, take fifteen minutes in the refrigerator, maybe that will curb your foul mouth".  Fifteen minutes later, a shivering ball of feathers is removed from the refrigerator and put back in its cage.  After a few minutes to warm up, the parrot takes another look at the man's wife, shakes its head and says "**** $#^ ##%(^ ****, you're ugly".  The man says, "still need to learn a lesson?  Try fifteen minutes in the freezer".

Fifteen minutes later a frozen parrot is slowly defrosting back in its cage.  After battling hypothermia and finally able to move freely again, the parrot turns and says "Ok, you made your point.  Just one question - what did that ****ing chicken in there do"?

Parrots really are funny little creatures, they'll pick up on a lot of what others say and mimic them.  One parrot belonging to a friend of mine would squawk several times imitating laughter whenever someone laughed.  Spin its cage and it does a "Wheeeeee" sound, like he's on a rollercoaster.  I'm not surprised the occasional parrot would pick up swear words, if those around them were a bit, shall we say "uncouth" in their language.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 09:52 AM

View PostParanoid Android, on 13 July 2013 - 07:39 AM, said:

Parrots really are funny little creatures, they'll pick up on a lot of what others say and mimic them.  One parrot belonging to a friend of mine would squawk several times imitating laughter whenever someone laughed.  Spin its cage and it does a "Wheeeeee" sound, like he's on a rollercoaster.  I'm not surprised the occasional parrot would pick up swear words, if those around them were a bit, shall we say "uncouth" in their language.

I don't think I have seen/heard any bird that top this fellow. His "chainsaw" is amazing.>>



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:29 AM

LOL at PA's parrot joke!

We all have to remember that parrots simply copy what they hear. I suspect it's the birds former owner that's the real 'potty mouth'. Also, if he kept repeating "WTF" over and over, he appears to be a pretty confused/frustrated 'potty mouth'!

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 12:29 PM

View PostLilly, on 13 July 2013 - 10:29 AM, said:

Also, if he kept repeating "WTF" over and over, he appears to be a pretty confused/frustrated 'potty mouth'!

We dont know what happened before the camera was turned on. Maybe he had been presented with Hodge conjecture or something. That would make me go WTF for a while.

Even simple creatures like cats can be puzzled from time to time. :)

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 05:17 PM

View PostEllJay, on 13 July 2013 - 09:52 AM, said:

I don't think I have seen/heard any bird that top this fellow. His "chainsaw" is amazing.>>


The Lyre Bird is a completely different kettle of fish, it mimics the sound it hears but does a damn amazing job at it.  They aren't as friendly and therefore aren't as pet-worthy as a parrot, though.  But as far as Lyre Birds go (named for their tails, not their ability to "lie"), they have the wood over parrots, easy.  No denying that.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 02:49 AM

I read a story a while back about this woman that taught her exhusbands parrot to cuss at his new girlfriend and call her names or something like that.

I use to have a Amazon and boy could he scream.  He would wine like a puppy but wouldn't say much else.  He was green and I had green carpet, ugh, and he would climb off his perch to follow me around.  He was really hard to see, amazing I didn't step on him.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 06:00 AM

I love African Greys. Its amazing how they even pick up the accents of their owners.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:04 PM

yeah this is crazy funny, ive seen some parrots that can actually cumunicate in a human voice, parrots are really smart


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:26 AM

Shame that they didn't record a video of this bird =/

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