Sunday, October 18, 2015
Ted Richards cuts off his ears to mimic pet parrots
Englishman Ted Richards had both ears removed in an operation, so he could closer resemble his five parrots Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi.
The 56-year-old is now looking for a surgeon willing to turn his nose into a beak.
Richards will not disclose who carried out the operation, but said he has now got a girlfriend – Suzannah, 31 – as a result.
He is escatic with the result, saying, “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. 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.”
After getting his first tattoo in 1976, Richards become hooked and now has 110 tattoos (and 50 piercings) covering most of his body.
A fan of body modification, he has also had metal implants inserted into his head, two one-and-a-half inch horns inserted in his forehead, his tongue split, and his eye injected with ink.
With the various surgeries, Richards has become somewhat of a local celebrity. “The kids are running up to me and asking to see gory photos – they just love it. They are just so fascinated. I was really surprised – I thought they were more likely to run away.
“I went to the supermarket the other day and when I went in, I said ‘Blimey it’s so windy out there it blew my ears off’ – and everybody had a chuckle.”
He gave his severed ears to a friend “who will appreciate them” and will keep them in resin.