Homer Tunnel kea developing new skills on the side

Homer Tunnel kea developing new skills on the side

The NZ Transport Agency’s Milford Alliance team were a little puzzled to find their road cones in odd places in recent weeks – until they checked the footage from their cameras at each end of the one-way Homer Tunnel, the entrance to Milford Sound, and the answer became clear.

The endearing but mischievous kea have been taking matters into their own talons in an effort (it is thought) to get drivers to slow down or stop and then to feed them.

“We think the keas listen for the cars in the tunnel and move the road cones between the streams of traffic,” says Milford Alliance Manager Kevin Thompson.

The Alliance team are going to trial some heavier road cones to try and discourage this new kea behaviour.

People are encouraged not to feed these endangered birds or encourage their activity near traffic for their own good.

For more information check: www.keaconservation.co.nz

New orca protections, tool-toting crows & an epic moose battle

New orca protections, tool-toting crows & an epic moose battle

An endangered big cat shows signs of recovery in Afghanistan, researchers add another animal to the elite list of tool-toting species, mass horseshoe crab deaths baffle scientists, an epic moose battle caught on camera and what’s the deal with California’s new Orca Protection Act?

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NEWS SOURCES

CALIFORNIA ORCA PROTECTION ACT
https://goo.gl/qwxQSG

‘CINDERELLA’ TIGER SIGHTING
https://goo.gl/wC3Z9A

SNOW LEOPARDS THRIVING
https://goo.gl/KP4nLp

NAUTILUS IN TROUBLE
https://goo.gl/8qk5Qf

HORSESHOE CRAB DEATHS
https://goo.gl/GB5KH0

FISHING BAN
https://goo.gl/tK4Lr1

TOOL-TOTING CROW
https://goo.gl/KvGc6R
 
KEA PARROT DECLINE
https://goo.gl/N2Zpp8

EPIC MOOSE BATTLE
https://goo.gl/rFI5BV