Kea Parrot Destruction

THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE PARROT
AS AN EASY-CARE PET? 

By Sally Blanchard


Camping in New Zealand 
My aunt and uncle were world travelers and rented a 4-wheel drive vehicle and went camping in the mountains of New Zealand. They set up their campsite and went off on a three-day backpacking expedition. Upon their return, they were appalled to find that their campsite had been virtually demolished. Even their locked metal boxes had been penetrated and the contents either destroyed or eaten. This was bad enough but they soon discovered that their rented vehicle had also been seriously damaged. The rubber strips holding the windows in place had been pried off and the glass had fallen to the ground. The interior was in shambles. Anything that was rubber, plastic or cloth had been ripped apart. The truck could not be driven. Knobs and dials were missing and all of the stuffing had been pulled out of the seats. Luckily their campsite was not too far from an emergency phone system so they could get help - this was not an uncommon experience. so remote that they could not hike to a telephone. Insurance for damaged rental vehicles was mandatory if you were going into the mountains.



Marauding Vandals 
Luckily their campsite was not too far from an emergency phone system so they could get help - this was not an uncommon experience. so remote that they could not hike to a telephone. Insurance for damaged rental vehicles was mandatory if you were going into the mountains. What band of marauding vandals had razed this campsite so thoroughly? It was a small flock of Keas, a sturdy curious parrot with a long powerful sharp beak. Their destructive abilities are legendary.

 

How About a Companion Kea?!?
My hopefully unrealistic “nightmare” is that someday someone will breed them in captivity for the pet trade. I can just imagine a disreputable pet shop selling a Kea baby to an unsuspecting novice as an easy-care sweet gentle pet. One day, the owners come home from work to find their house totally destroyed as if it had been hit by a tornado. Sitting atop the rubble is their “easy-care” Kea chick, who pauses from chewing on a table leg just long enough to greet them with a sweet gentle “Hewwo”! I have handled two baby Keas and they are incredibly cuddly and could easily manipulating someone to want one as a companion parrot?!? 


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