Saturday, 7 December, 2013 - 10:14
A little spotted kiwi has been re-released into the Zealandia eco-sanctuary after its successful rehabilitation at Wellington Zoo.
The kiwi was first noticed by a member of the public while on an evening walk along the perimeter of Zealandia. They contacted staff who were concerned that the bird was out and about in daylight. Conservation rangers were quick to the scene and able to capture the bird for delivery to The Nest Te KÅhanga at Wellington Zoo where it has been undergoing treatment.
After receiving a full health check, the bird was diagnosed with coccidiosis, a disease caused by a single-celled intestinal parasite, which is very common in young kiwi. This is thought to be the most likely cause of its rapid weight loss. The bird’s eye was also treated after it was discovered to be irritated by a foreign object - thought to be an insect leg.
"The kiwi looked great and was ready to go home" explained Wellington Zoo Veterinarian, Baukje Lenting.
"It currently weighs 525 grams - up from its arrival weight of 350 grams and it is eating well." said Ms Lenting.
Zealandia Chief Executive, Hilary Beaton says she’s grateful to staff at Wellington Zoo for their care of the bird, as well as the member of the public who reported the sick kiwi.