Parrot steals tourist's passport
Barbara McPherson | May 29, 2009 at 05:41 amby
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A New Zealand parrot caused a bit of a stir when it grabbed a tourist's passport and made a flight for it.
A brazen parrot, which spotted a Scottish man’s passport in a colored bag in the luggage compartment under a tour bus, nabbed the document and made off into dense bush with it, the Southland Times newspaper reported Friday.
The bird — a parrot of the Kea variety — made its move while the bus was stopped along the highway to Milford Sound on South Island, and the driver was looking through the compartment. Milford Sound, which runs inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock face, is part of Fiordland National Park, a world heritage site and major travel destination.
Although the tourist was missing his passport and may be out money paying for a replacement, he maintained a sense of humour.
My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The Kea’s probably using it for fraudulent claims or something,” the passport owner, who did not want to be named, told the newspaper.
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