Sad parrot who fell mute when owner died finds his voice and is huge potty mouth


African Gray parrot Jesse began nattering away to himself within 24 hours of being taken under the wing of new owner Rachel Leather, from Aberdare, South Wales

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Grieving parrot finds joy swearing at its new owner

A sad parrot who became depressed and refused to talk when his owner died has finally found his voice and has a potty mouth.

Jesse swears at his new owner, likes making fart noises and laughs at his own bad jokes.

Rachel Leather, of Aberdare, South Wales, has taken the bird under her wing and says she now could not imagine life without him despite his rudeness.

Jesse had become so down with grief he also used to pluck out his own feathers but they are now growing back.

The African Gray was taken in by the RSPCA’s Ashley Heath Animal Center near Bournemouth, Dorset, as he struggled to come to terms with his loss.

He refused to talk except for sadly whispering “goodbye” to staff but now he cannot stop his foul-mouthed rants after Rachel decided to take him home.







African Gray Jesse was left distraught when his owner died but now he is talking again
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Rachel Leather with her dog Finn
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The bird keeps telling new owner Rachel Leather to ‘f***k off’ which luckily she finds hilarious.

Rachel said: “Within 24 hours of being home he was nattering away to himself.

“He just makes us roar with laughter, he loves to make fart noises, make jokes and swear. His language from him is awful.”

The cheeky parrot has learned that Rachel’s partner calls her “Babe” so shouts “Babe” to get her attention and then tells her to “f**k off.”







Feather plucking can be a difficult habit to break but Jesse has some regrowth which is a promising sign
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“When I tell Jesse that he’s funny he responds with ‘yes, f***ing hilarious’,” Rachel added.

“He also says ‘Jesse’s a good boy’ and then occasionally replaces that with ‘Jesse’s a good girl’ and laughs.

“He’s only been with us for a short time but I can’t imagine how we ever existed without him.

“When I became aware of Jesse I was blown away, it felt like the perfect opportunity.

“I was surprised at how chatty he became because the staff at the center said he was really quiet and had only said one word – ‘goodbye’ – a few times.







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The cheeky parrot now calls his new owner ‘babe’ to get her attention
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“It’s heartbreaking to think that’s all he’d say after suffering such loss.”

Hannah Hawkins, behavior and welfare advisor at the RSPCA centre, said: “The team noticed one day that Jesse had plucked out some of the feathers on his chest and had made his skin red-raw.

“We wondered if he was sick or had a skin issue that was making him uncomfortable but it soon became clear that it was grief and stress that was causing the plucking.







Jesse was taken in by Ashley Heath Animal Center in Dorset
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“He’d come into us after the death of his owner and we believe he’d been in the same home for his whole life and was much-loved so it’s not surprising he was struggling after such a sudden change.

“He seemed lonely and depressed after such a loss.”

She added: “We take in a lot of birds such as budgies, canaries, lovebirds and poultry, but we don’t see a huge number of larger parrots.

“We knew we needed to get Jesse into a home environment as quickly as possible to ease his stress.

“We made sure Jesse got lots of attention and additional enrichment to try to help him.”

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