Dangerous Animals New Zealand

We encourage visitors to include Dunedin on their New Zealand self drive tour because of the extensive marine wildlife that lives on the nearby Otago Peninsula. Yellow-Eyed Penguins, seals, albatross, dolphins and sea lions are just some of the wildlife to be found here. But today, there are signs that all is not well in Dunedin and we'll share a newspaper report that explains the reason.

'Otago Daily Times' journalist Margo Taylor writes - 

'A ''monster'' turkey is roaming the streets of St Clair and chasing people at a popular South Dunedin walking spot called Jacob's Ladder.

Martin Montgomery first encountered the turkey when he was running up the Jacob's Ladder steps about a month ago.

''He jumped out at me and chased me in the dark. I didn't know what it was. It was huge so I initially thought it was a dog.''

Two weeks later the bird was in his driveway.

''I just pulled up in my car and when I got out I dropped everything and ran because he was going to have a go at me.''

On social media people have named it ''Tom Turkey''.

Dunedin city councilor Conrad Stedman was also chased by the turkey, also on Jacob's Ladder. ''I had to duck out of the way. It was trying to take me out. It's a monster of a bird.''

A woman from the Dunedin City Council said the bird had chased her father, prompting a call to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) but executive officer Sophie McSkimming said the organisation would intervene only if the bird became sick or injured'

The team here at New Zealand Vacations have dug a bit deeper and we have now found this actual photograph of 'the monster' - and it's left us wondering if this story reflects the unique sense of humor that folks in this part of New Zealand are known for.



Jacob's Ladder Scenery

Here's a great New Zealand self drive tour that includes Dunedin and The Otago Peninsula, the 11 Day South Island Self Drive.

On a more serious note, there are no dangerous animals to be found in New Zealand. When European explorers discovered New Zealand no mammals actually existed.

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jun 06, 2017