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    Parrot steals £700 off of Scottish man in New Zealand

    NewsBird NewsMonday 04 February 2013
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    A parrot has robbed a Scottish man in New Zealand of £700... Literally! The bird flew into his motorhome and grabbed a large wad of notes before flying off. 

    Peter Leach, 52, reported the theft to the police who ended up doubled over laughing as he recounted his story. 
    At the time it stole the money, Peter was taking photos of the bird.
     
    Peter, who is driving around New Zealand in a motorhome, is from Houston, Renfrewshire. He told The Sun: “The officer I dealt with was very serious for the first few questions. Then he said: ‘Do you mind if I just stop to laugh?’ I suppose I can’t blame him.”
     
    He decided to stop at the beauty spot known as Arthur’s Pass to take some pictures of the scenery as well as the curious birds. And it was at that moment that the pesky bird made its move. 
     
    “As I was taking pictures a Canadian couple said, ‘We’ve just seen that bird take something out of your campervan’. My wallet had gone — it took all the money I had.” Continued Peter.
     
    Peter had stashed all of his money - 1,300 New Zealand Dollars - in a small drawstring bag, which he was using as a wallet. He had left that bag on the dashboard and the bird grabbed it when rummaging through other items after flying in through the window. 
     
    In fact, four years ago a Scottish tourist had his passport stolen by a parrot in New Zealand. Therefore the worst is now evidently true... It looks like we have a serial offender on our hands. A feathered, serial thief, with a penchant for Scottish victims. 
     
    Keas — found only around the South Island’s peaks — are intelligent parrots with a powerful curved beak, long sharp claws and a comical waddling walk, however, there is nothing comical about this situation.
     
    They’ve been known to vandalise cars in minutes by stripping rubber surrounds off windscreens and doors, breaking off wing mirrors and even shredding tyres.
     
    You heard it, thievery and vandalism, something must be done... The saga continues.
     
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