Sex-Crazed Parrot Now NZ 'Spokesbird'

Kakapo that molested BBC presenter gets government job
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2010 4:31 AM CST

(Newser) – New Zealand's prime minister has given a government job to the country's most famous—and probably most sexually adventurous—parrot. Sirocco, one of a rare species of flightless parrots called "kakapo," has been appointed as the country's "spokesbird for conservation." Sirocco became famous last year when he was filmed trying to mate with BBC wildlife presenter Mark Carwardine's head.

"He’s very media-savvy, he’s got a worldwide fan base—they hang on every squawk that comes out of his beak," Prime Minister John Key told the Telegraph. "He’ll be a great official spokesbird for New Zealand." Sirocco's attempt at inter-species romance may have come from desperation: with his species numbering just 124, lady kakapos are few and far between.

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