Parrots live a long time and like most people, they get grouchier as they get older. Some pet owners can’t take it anymore and dump their pets in the U.K.’s National Parrot Sanctuary, where “parrot whisperer” Steve Nichols bonds with 414 birds.

Brady Haran writes in that Nichols knows the names of every one of them. He says, “I have got a natural affinity with parrots…When a wild creature will jump off the tree and come walking over to you, and when it has been someone’s bad pet, then I think I just feel so special.”
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