A family visiting Fiordland National Park in New Zealand had their GoPro camera snatched by a cheeky parrot, but fortunately, it managed to capture some amazing footage. This kea, the region’s native alpine parrot species, is known to be mischievous, so never leave a camera just sitting around them.
Alexandra Verheul was hiking the Kepler Track with her family when the bird spotted a GoPro just sitting on a balcony near their hut, and it immediately took the opportunity to snatch the camera. However, its getaway was captured for the entire world to see. Fortunately, it flew in a straight line, so tracking the parrot wasn’t the hardest of tasks. The family just followed the sound, and when they got close, all of the parrots scattered, leaving just the GoPro behind.
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We just followed the sound, went down there, could see them hanging out in the tree. They’d obviously heard us coming and abandoned the GoPro — and my son, he decided to go check the rocks… and there it was, just sitting there, still filming. I downloaded (the footage) onto my phone… It was amazing. It was totally unexpected,” said the Verheul family.