A Parrot Stole a GoPro at This New Zealand National Park — See the Footage It Captured
A family who recently visited New Zealand's Fiordland National Park got better GoPro footage than they were expecting thanks to a mischievous parrot who snatched the camera and took it for a flight.
The batty bird stole the camera and took off while it was still recording and captured some pretty cool video in the process, according to New Zealand news program Seven Sharp. The kea bird eventually dropped the camera, which the family was able to recover.
"It was a beautiful day so we were just sitting around, just watching the birds playing with everyone's packs when my son decided to go put the GoPro on the handrail. And he promptly stole it," Alex Verheul told the broadcaster. "He flew straight forward… We just followed the sound, went down there, could see them hanging out in the tree. They'd obviously heard us coming and just abandoned the GoPro. My son, he decided to go check the rocks... and there it was, just sitting there, still filming."
Verheul said she was "really shocked" and "surprised" when she saw the footage.
"The luck of him holding it, looking at his body, rather than just up into the sky," she added. "They're fascinating. They just call out to you and follow you and fly around. It's quite hilarious."
Fiordland National Park, which is one of the best national parks in the world for mental health, sits on New Zealand's South Island and is known for its awe-inspiring waterfalls and even snow-capped peaks. Inside the park, travelers can explore the 421-meter Doubtful Sound, New Zealand's deepest fiord, which is home to bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and penguins, according to Tourism New Zealand.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.