Identity Theft

A Fiordland kea made off with a Scottish tourist’s passport when the man’s tour bus driver opened the luggage  compartment of the vehicle. The passport has not been recovered and, given the 4,600 square mile size of Fiordland’s alpine national park, it was feared unlikely to be. “Being Scottish, I’ve got a sense of humour, so I did take it with humour, but obviously there is a side of me that is still raging,” he told the Southland Times. “My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The kea is probably using it for fraudulent claims or something.” Known as “the clown of the mountains”, the native green parrots have an irresistible interest in anything new or shiny. Experiments have shown they are capable of solving logic puzzles, such as pushing objects in a certain order to obtain food, and they work as a team to achieve a common objective.


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