You've all heard the rumours about wild big cats that roam the wilderness of places where there ought be none. Most famous are the tigers of Britain's moors (or some such), and in New Zealand we have our very own legendary panther that is reputed to stalk the highlands of the South Island.
The story goes that these animals are errant strays from the collections of rich, perhaps rather lonely folk, though I wouldn't presume to know anything about that. What I do know is that we have an exotic animal loose in our neighbourhood.Dessert Chef got these tantalising shots a few days ago of something that can only be a parrot, cavorting in the manuka with a tui.Wellington readers, please forward this link to as many other Wellington readers that you might know, in the hope that by pure viral spread the owners of one missing parrot might drop us a line so we can pass on the last known siting of this lost bird in the wild.
You can see from this cropping that it is most definitely not a bird of native origin, and it is probably quite keen to find its way back to a warm home and a cracker.
As you can see by this comparison with a tui on the same branch, it's not a small bird, and it must be pretty friendly. If we can help by letting someone know where we saw it, please leave a comment so we can get back to you.
Because, as a parrot I once knew was wont to say, "Any port in a storm."
No, it didn't make sense to me, either. That's just one for the birds.