Ted Richards loves his pet parrots so much he has nearly turned himself into one.Appearing on the Jeremy Kyle show the parrot lover from Bristol – who has even had his ears cut off – admitted that he would have surgery on his eyes if it meant he could look more like the exotic animal. He also says he wants a beak now.
After showing off the colourful birds to the host backstage, Jeremy asked him:
“Do you want to look like a parrot?”
Obviously I’m not going to look exactly like them. They have their eyes on the side of their head.”But if I could have my eyes moved I would.”
Ted, 57, had the outer parts of his ears removed in a six-hour operation by a surgeon in an attempt to appear more like his pets:
“I didn’t like them. I love body modification.”
Ted knew he’d always been different and before he met his girlfriend Suzannah – who is also a body modification fan – he saw his parrots, Elliem, Teaka, Temineh, Jake and Bubi as the closest thing to family.
“Before I was with Suzannah I was with nobody, and to me they were my children. They even sleep in my bed.”
Suzannah, who has her tongue split like a snake, said that she wasn’t worried about Ted going too far insisting that if you were nice to people they couldn’t judge you.
Host Jeremy admitted that despite initially thinking he was “weird” he could tell he was genuinely happy with his life.
“There’s nothing wrong with being different,” he concluded.