Warning: if you are eating, please put the food aside so that it doesn’t waste like mine just did. A man obsessed with looking like a parrot endured a six-hour operation to cut off his ears and now he wants to turn nose into a beak. Ted Richards, 56, from Hartcliffe in Bristol, gave his ears to a friend who he said would ‘appreciate them’ and is now planning his next date under the operating table.
Ted, who has 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue, is happy to put his body on the line as a visual tribute to his beloved parrots Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi.
The practice of removing someone’s ears was historically done as an act of physical punishment in England called ‘cropping.’ Marc Pacifico, a consultant plastic surgeon and member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, slammed the surgery.
He said: ‘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. ‘I would like to think whoever did this is not medically qualified because that would call into judgement their ethics and morals.
‘As an accredited plastic surgeon you have to have a great sense of moral and ethical responsibility. ‘I can only assume the ethical code and moral compass of whoever did this does not.’