As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Kea heroically rescued from West Coast crevasse

Tom Kitchin 20:00, Aug 19 2019

A glacier guiding crew saved a kea from death after it was stuck in an icy crevasse on the West Coast for three days.

The rescuers tried to use ropes, ladders and ice to save the native bird, but it took a backpack to bring it to safety.

Fox Glacier Guiding senior guide Kelsey Porter said her colleagues heard a kea squawking near a popular feature on the glacier on August 6.

"[They] tried to do a rescue that first day they saw it, but time was a bit limited 'cause they had to fly [a helicopter] off the glacier," she said.

"One of the guides lowered down into the crevasse and tried to reach for it, but the crevasse was too narrow for him to fit."

The crevasse was about seven metres deep and about 30 centimetres wide.


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