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Man horrifies surgeons by having his ears cut off to look like his parrot

A man who had his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots has gone a step further - by cutting off his ears.

Ted Richards from Bristol is obsessed by his pets Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi - and has his face tattooed with colourful feathers.

Now, he's taken it a step further, having his ears surgically removed. Credit: SWNS

Bristol's "Parrot Man" in numbers

Split tongue

Now, Mr Richards has had both his ears removed by a surgeon in a six hour operation.

He's given his severed ears to a friend who "will appreciate them" and is now planning to find a surgeon prepared to turn his nose into a beak.

I think it looks really great. I love it. It's the best thing that has happened to me.

I am so happy it's unreal, I can't stop looking in the mirror.

– Ted Richards
The procedure is just one of many - her also has multiple piercings, tattoos and studs Credit: SWNS

He continued, "I've done it because I want to look like my parrots as much as possible. I've had my hair long for so many years my ears have been covered up.

"I have to admit I did used to get teased at school about my ears but that not the reason I've had it done."

And he says it's going down well.

The kids are running up to me and asking to see gory photos - they just love it.

– Ted Richards

Since the operation Ted says the only issue he has is keeping his glasses in place - so he has had two small metal pins added to the side of his head.

Special pins had to be inserted into his scalp so he could attach his glasses. Credit: SWNS

He might be happy, but his decision has been criticised by medics.

Marc Pacifico, a consultant plastic surgeon and member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said that whoever performed the surgery needs to consider their ethical and moral responsibilities.

I am absolutely horrified to learn that someone has voluntarily put themselves forward for this to be done and possibly more so that he found somebody to actually carry it out.

The sad truth of life though is that if you want something badly enough you will eventually find someone willing to do it.

– Marc Pacifico, Plastic Surgeon
The move has been condemned by surgeons, but Mr Richards says he's happy Credit: SWNS