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Tuesday, 27 March, 2001, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
Beer-swilling parrot faces pub ban
parrot with a taste for beer
A pub's pet parrot which thinks it is one of the regulars is faced with being banned for unruly behaviour.

Lee Jones, landlord of the Penrhys Inn, Rhondda, south Wales, is considering barring him from public areas because his antics have become so bad.

He says the bird called Captain has taken to copying the behaviour of regulars - drinking from pints, taking cigarettes from packets on the bar, and even swearing.


The worst thing is his wolf-whistling - women hear a loud whistle when they walk in and they think it's me

Pub landlord Lee Jones

And, whenever a female customer walks into the pub she gets a loud wolf-whistle.

But Mr Jones says he has run out of patience with Captain's behaviour.

"We bought Captain as a novelty but he is a right rascal and we can't trust him anymore," said Mr Jones.

"To start with it was good fun to see him swoop onto a customer's shoulder to get a free drink.

Swear words

"But he's got a taste for beer now and he's always got a cigarette in his mouth although he's not learned to light them yet.

"He has picked up some swear words and uses them to heckle the men playing pool.

Mr Jones added: "But the worst thing is his wolf-whistling - women hear a loud whistle when they walk in and they think it's me."

His daughter Samantha, 17, said: "Captain is a typical bloke. You can tell when he's been drinking because he doesn't get up until midday."

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