Ted Richards is a 56 year old man living in Hartcliffe, England, who had his ears surgically removed so he'd look more like his pet parrots. Yes, parrots: those bright, winged creatures whose only resemblance to a human being is "having eyes" and nothing else. However, Ted is totally obsessed with his birds and is undergoing body modifications to looks like a bird. His face is already covered in feather tattoos, and he even got the whites of his eyes tattooed orange and blue.
Here's a close-up:
Ted is very pleased with his surgery. Te told The Telegraph "I think it looks really great. I love it. It's the best thing that has happened to me," and "I am so happy it's unreal, I can't stop looking in the mirror." His next step is to get his nose altered to look like a beak, so the opposite of that nose-job your friend got during their surgery for a "deviated septum."
Here's Ted chilling with one of his parrots:
Ted won't say who performed the surgery, but not everyone thinks it was a good idea. Plastic surgeon Marc Pacifico told The Telegraph he is not down with this elective ear removal:
"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... I would like to think whoever did this is not medically qualified because that would call into judgement their ethics and morals."
Oh and Bird Man has a girlfriend, because of course he does. Here's a video of Ted when he still had ears:
Check out The Telegraph's article if you'd like a video of him without the ears. It's your choice.