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>     My dad told me abould some bird in I think it was Australia or New 
>Zealand that he had problems with out in the feild.  This bird supposedly 
>like to climb up to the tops of tents, then SLIDE DOWN, slashing open the 
>tent as it slid, to get at food and stuff inside.  I can't remeber if it 
>was a cassowary or some other kind of bird with wicked feet claws.
>LN Jeff
This was certainly the kea (Nestor notabilis), a kind of parrot confined to
New Zealand's South Island - this activity is well-known.   However, they do
the deed with their beaks, not their claws.  Keas are also accused of
ripping out kidneys from living sheep, though the evidence for this is
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