Following a week of answering questions on his belated revelation that he had personally rung Mr Fletcher to sound out his interest in the GCSB role, Mr Key appeared to become agitated during a press conference, snapping at one reporter after she asked him what day of the week it was.
He retreated to the Beehive but was later discovered to be missing. A search party was formed and Mr Key was eventually found by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English. Mr English had been driving all over Karori calling the Prime Minister's name.
"I was shouting John! John!, and then I heard a little voice call back, I'm here," Mr English said.
"He was behind the perimeter fence holding a baby kiwi, I still have no idea how he got stuck in there."
Witnesses report seeing Mr Key wandering down Tinakori Rd, waving down some international visitors driving a van and asking them to take him home. However when he was unable to describe to them where he lived, the tourists apparently decided to take him along to the sanctuary.
When asked for comment, Mr Key said he could not recall the incident.