This parrot can’t stop reliving her last owners’ pre-divorce arguments

What it's really like to be henpecked.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Feb 9, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 2:19 pm CDT

When a marriage turns acrimonious, it’s a terrible mistake to “stay together for the kids”—or for the parrot, as the case may be. Really, the scars can last a lifetime whether the victim is a human or a bird.

Peaches, a Moluccan cockatoo adopted by Elaine and Don Sigmon of North Carolina, can testify—and boy, does she ever. Having previously lived with a couple that eventually separated, the bird goes through raging bouts of what sounds like connubial warfare “once or twice a day,” even gesturing aggressively. We can’t quite grasp the fine points of her argument, but her tone is unmistakable.

We’re not sure who’s more traumatized: Peaches, or this other parrot who overheard human sex.

H/T Huffington Post | Photo by Ersu/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Feb 9, 2015, 1:24 pm CST