A Scottish visitor to New Zealand was robbed by a local, although it’s doubtful the police will bother trying to catch the thief.
Peter Leach had stopped his campervan at Arthur’s Pass in the South Island last week to take a rest.
He left the windows on his van open as he took advantage of the view to snap some pictures, allowing a cheeky Kea to sneak in and make off with a bag which contained around $1300 in cash.
“A Canadian couple walked by and said: ‘We’ve just seen that bird take something out of your campervan’,” Mr Leach told Fairfax NZ.
“It took all the money I had. I was left with $40 in my pocket.”
The green parrot rummaged through the van, before deciding to leave with a small drawstring bag containing the cash.
Friends lent Mr Leach money to tide him over, while he reported the incident to police in the hope of claiming the money back through his travel insurance.
“The man I dealt with was very serious for the first few questions,” Mr Leach said.
“Then he said, ‘Do you mind if I just stop to laugh?’ ”
Mr Leach, of Glasgow, admitted he’d never heard of the Kea before his visit, but would never forget them now.
“The birds are now lining their nests with £50 notes.”
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.