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, 56, is obsessed by pets Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi and has his face tattooed with colourful feathers.
But the animal lover - who has 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue - has now had both his ears removed by a surgeon in a six hour operation.
Eccentric Mr Richards has 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.
He said: "I think it looks really great. I love it. It's the best thing that has happened to me.
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