Kea are known for being utterly fearless around humans. This can be both a blessing and a curse; on the one hand, many tourists fall in love with the kea’s comical antics. On the other, this fearlessness combined with the parrot’s natural curiosity has led them to cause significant damage to property. Kea have been known to rifle through clothes, open backpacks, strip windshield wipers and rubber sealant from cars. They are also unrepentant thieves, flying away with anything that catches their fancy. One kea flew through the open window of a camper van, making away with a bag containing $900 of a tourist’s money. And a Scottish tourist got the shock of his life when a kea flew off with his passport! The tourist in question stated: “My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The kea’s probably using it for fraudulent claims or something. I’ll never look at a kea in the same way.”
Professional violinist Min Kym had found her perfect partner
in a 1696 Stradivarius — until it was snatched in a London cafe. She says, “I
didn’t know who I was anymore, and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt
as though I was just a sort of shell of a person.”
Kym comes to terms with that loss in her new memoir, Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung.
No, this is not a joke, a scheme or a fantastic gimmick of creepypasta, this is real life. CMP and I haven’t seen eye to eye in a long while, but this trumps any animosity we might have had towards each other.
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