I've neglected to mention sheep. The Southern Island has about 34 million, and it's lambing season. Ken (pictured above) honored my request for a "lamb stop" when he saw twins trailing behind a woman in a restaurant parking lot. She rescued them from a sickly ewe and is raising them.

There are no natural predators of sheep in NZ. There is so much concern about the possible importation of disease bearing substances, the soles of our hiking boots were inspected and cleaned by a customs agent when we entered the country.

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