Trust no-one. That includes birds.

First, I feel I should say that I really don't plan to only post about strange Southern Hemisphere critters doing strange things. Promise.
Having said that, here's another one...
Keas are a native New Zealand parrot, apparently somewhat notorious for being smart and nosey, trying to dismantle cars, rummaging through bags etc. This one kea (I'm wondering if a drunk avian dare was involved), snuck into the luggage compartment of a tourist bus, grabbed a passport out of a bag, and flew away.
My favourite part of this story were the comments from the Scotsman who I can only inagine is now stranded in New Zealand for the rest of his life (not really):
"My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The kea's probably using it for fraudulent claims or something," he grumbled. "I'll never look at a kea in the same way."
I wonder if the kea is in fact part of an international identity-theft organisation.

NOTE: photo taken by Markus Koljonen
Posted By: shadowkat - Sun May 31, 2009

More weirdness from the WU archive:

What'd the Scotsman look like? Maybe the Kea was just lonely, thought he was cute and wanted to have his picture to remember him by. LOL
Posted by Nethie on 05/31/09 at 11:49 PM
Hitchcock tried to warn use about this, next thing you know they'll be buying arms to start the kea revolution.
Posted by mdb777 on 06/01/09 at 08:54 AM
Shadowkat - It's ok if you post mostly about weird stuff from the Southern hemisphere. It's not something I have any first hand experience on. Also, I've always thought birds are jerks.
Posted by Matt in Florida on 06/01/09 at 12:05 PM
Scary enough that keas are master criminals, but in league with the Old Ones? We're all doomed to a tentacly death!
Posted by shadowkat on 06/09/09 at 12:57 AM
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