Tuesday 23 January 2018

Jasper parrot leaves keepers red-faced

Jasper, a foul-mouthed scarlet macaw, in his cage at Dartmoor Zoo in Devon.
Jasper, a foul-mouthed scarlet macaw, in his cage at Dartmoor Zoo in Devon.

A 'fowl-mouthed' parrot has left his keepers red-faced after visitors reported him for swearing at them.

Jasper, the 11-year-old scarlet macaw, has hurled a volley of abuse at a string of visitors who approach him in his cage at Dartmoor Zoo in Devon.

He can be heard throughout the zoo squawking 'bugger off' and 'w****r' to visitors who come too close or try and speak to him.

Dartmoor spokesman Tim Steward said: "It can be pretty embarrassing when he gets into his flow.

"Every so often you'll hear him swear at the top of his lungs and you don't know where to look.

"So far people have been pretty good about it and we haven't received too many complaints. We're just hoping he picks up a few more words and increases his vocabulary."

Irish Independent

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