Zoo separates parrots for swearing at visitors
PIC: Associated Press (AP)

A British zoo has had to separate five foul-mouthed parrots who keepers say were encouraging each other to swear.

Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade and Elsie joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre's colony of 200 gray parrots in August, and soon revealed a penchant for blue language.

"We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we've never had five at the same time," said the zoo's chief executive, Steve Nichols.

"Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it." Nichols said no visitors had complained about the parrots, and most found the situation funny.

Nichols said the parrots have been separated to save children's ears.

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