Mischievous Kea parrot steals hundreds of dollars from tourist in New Zealand
Sydney, Feb 4 : A Kea parrot stole hundreds of dollars from one camper's van in New Zealand, according to reports.
Peter Leach, a visitor from Glasgow, Scotland, stopped at Arthur's Pass on Wednesday to take in the views at a rest area along State Highway 73.
He left the windows down as he snapped photos of the scenery, including one of an unusual bird on the ground near his vehicle. Little did he know he'd become a target for the local criminal element.
A Canadian couple walked by and said that they had seen the bird take something out of his campervan, Leach said.
"It took all the money I had. I was left with 40 dollars in my pocket," he said.
The unsuspecting tourist had stashed his travel cash - about 1300 New Zealand dollars - in a small cloth drawstring bag and left it on the dashboard, where the bird apparently found it while rummaging through other items, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The kea grabbed the bag and made a clean aerial getaway.
Fortunately, Leach had old friends nearby, Paul and Lyn Fisher of Normanby, who lent him cash to tide him over.
Hoping to recover his money through travel insurance, Leach sheepishly reported the incident to Timaru police.
Leach said that he had never heard of the mischievous kea before his visit.
Keas are known for being highly intelligent and strong, but also highly mischievous, with a reputation for opening rubbish bins, damaging furniture and vandalising cars.