New Zealand Kleptomaniac Parrot Steals GoPro & Films Aerial Escape | New Zealand

A kleptomaniac parrot has become the latest contributor to New Zealand cinema, after stealing a GoPro camera and taking it on a guided tour of remote Fiordland.

Aotearoa’s native alpine parrot species, the kea, is known for its curious and mischievous nature – and for stealing wallets, jewelry, packed lunches, windscreen wipers and other valuables from tourists and unsuspecting visitors.

The Verheul family told local TV show Seven Sharp that they had hiked Kepler’s trail and were staying in a cabin when they were joined by a kea.

They placed the GoPro to capture footage of the birds – but one ripped the camera off and flew away, filming its flight up the hill.

The GoPro captures the aerial escape, as well as the kea landing and a brief, slightly frantic attack on the camera – eventually capturing a close-up of the bird’s face as it removes pieces of plastic.

Alex Verheul told Seven Sharp: “We just followed the sound there, we could see them hanging out in a tree – they obviously heard us coming and dropped the GoPro… My son decided to go check it out the rocks where it looked like a good place for a bird to land, and it was still there, still filming.

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