Video: A Parrot Stole a GoPro and Shot Selfies in a New Zealand National Park

A family visiting New Zealand's Fiordland National Park had quite the camera operator.

Kea Bird in New Zealand

Photo by Rattanpon_Wannaphat/Getty Images/Canva

By Alison Fox

Feb 16, 2022

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 from the brush.

“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 of the playful parrot. “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 bird took. “The luck of him holding it, looking at his body, rather than just up into the sky,” she added, making us wonder if the parrot knew what the GoPro was for after all.

“They’re fascinating. They just call out to you and follow you and fly around. It’s quite hilarious.”

Kea Bird in New Zealand
A kea at the Kepler Track. Photo by BenediktZoller/Getty Images Pro/Canva

Fiordland National Park, which is one of the best national parks in the world for improving mental health, sits on New Zealand’s South Island and is known for its awe-inspiring waterfalls and 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.

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