UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — New Zealand is trying to outsmart its local wildlife.
In recent years, construction workers in the South Island have captured video footage of wild parrots called keas moving around their traffic cones.
Some think they do it to get passing cars to slow down so the clever keas can beg for food.
But this is risky business: animals and busy roadways don’t mix for obvious reasons.
And the kea is an endangered species.
So the Department of Conservation, Downers NZ, the University of Canterbury and the Kea Conservation Trust came up with a solution.
They recently built an interactive gym for the parrots to play with and set it up on the side of the road where the birds were getting into trouble.
The structure features ladders, spinning flotation devices, swings and climbing frames.
Each piece is rearranged from time-to-time to keep the curious birds from getting bored.