Cops 'had to laugh' after bird stole Brit's cash
A British tourist says a police officer burst out laughing when he reported his money had been stolen - by a parrot.
Peter Leach was visiting a New Zealand beauty spot when a kea parrot snatched the equivalent of £600 from his camper van.
The bird flew into the vehicle and snatched the cash from the dashboard while Mr Leach was taking photographs at Arthur's Pass.
The 52-year-old, from Glasgow, was unaware of the theft until two fellow tourists pointed it out, reports the Scottish Daily Record.
"A Canadian couple walked by and said, 'We've just seen that bird take something out of your van'," Mr Leach said.
It turned out the parrot had taken all of the money he had - except for £20 in his pocket. He reported to incident to police, but the chances of retrieving the currency are slim.
"The officer was very serious for the first few questions," Mr Leach said. "Then he said, 'Do you mind if I just stop to laugh?' I suppose I can't blame him."
Keas are native to New Zealand and known for their intelligence. They have been blamed for vandalising cars, breaking off wing mirrors and windscreen wipers.
Zoologist Mark Cawardine described them as "a devilish mountain parrot feared by hire car companies".
Mr Leach remains determined to continue on his travels, with friends apparently loaning him money for the rest of the trip.
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what do you think?
This parrot was known before as an all round bad egg.
Does it have a pirate on its feet?
He,he,the story made me laugh.
Fancy leaving that much money on his dash board -without car being locked and windows up, the 2 tourists who pointed it out probably took it or anyone else who walked past
if your daft enough to leave that amount of money in full view with the window open,then you ask for it to be pinched by bird or human.
Sounds like an insurance con to me but benefit of the doubt.Perhaps the parrot thought it was pieces of eight.
If the story is true in it's details. I would imagine the Kea automatically goes for objects that are most valued by other species, with an assumption of their value. Either that, or it's going for it's monthly shop. Or possibly even trained to nick cash, in which case, genius.