One of the first lessons that all travellers learn is hold on to your stuff and watch out for suspicious characters.You expect the pick-pockets, even the armed robberies, but New Zealand has its own terrifying brand of thief, and it’s not even human!
On a recent visit to Arthur’s Pass in New Zealand’s South Island, a Scottish tourist was allegedly robbed by a Kea as he admired the surrounding scenery whilst on a rest stop.
To the untrained eye the Kea is an innocent creature; its main weapon of choice is flight, because the Kea is…a bird.
The Kea, a large species of parrot, is accused of stealing NZ$1300 in cash that was left in a small cloth drawstring bag on the Scot’s dashboard in his campervan, leaving the tourist with only the NZ$40 that had been smartly hidden in his pocket.
e-Travel Blackboard certainly wouldn’t mind a certain nest falling on our heads if we visit Arthur’s Pass!