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
Listed in chronological order. Newest comments at the end.
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.
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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