"Enjoy the Keas" Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do Tip by bsfreeloader

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Endemic to the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the Kea is the world’s only alpine parrot. One of the world’s most intelligent creatures, the Kea is a notorious trickster which likes nothing more than destroying property. Especially fond of rubber, Keas have been known to strip cars of their windshield wipers, roof racks, and the rubber casings around car windows. Nearly everyone agrees that this destructive behavior is funny and fun to watch, unless it is happening to you. In two days in Arthur’s Pass, I was lucky enough to observe several mischievous Keas firsthand, and they kept me amused nearly the entire time. I watched Keas steal sandwiches, pull at shoestrings, rip at garbage, chew on a rubber foot mat, chew on chairs, and tug on rucksacks. The most entertaining episode was when one of the Keas stole a sandwich encased in plastic off a table at the Arthur’s Pass Store. The sandwich’s rightful owner chased after the Kea into the bush, cursing at it as he went. As he crashed through the bushes, the Kea ripped the plastic in half and flew off with most of the sandwich, leaving the man muttering to himself. Quite hilarious.

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  • Updated Feb 8, 2007
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