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Beau – a Kiwi chick with a big heart

Submitted by on September 13, 2013 – 7:34 am
Source: Rainbow Springs

Source: Rainbow Springs

Great news that little Kiwi chick Beau has beaten the odds and is a healthy, smallish normal Kiwi chick. Beau was found in Taranaki as an egg by the East Taranaki Environment Trust (ETET) and because of the human contact they sent the egg for incubating to Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park in Rotorua. Beau is named after Taranaki All Black, Beauden Barrett. The hatching was considered surprising because as Kiwi husbandry manager at Rainbow Springs, Claire Travers says in the Taranaki Daily News article, “With very young eggs we have difficulty incubating them. There’s something missing that the male bird does that we are not achieving so we don’t have as good a success rate.” This hatching was a success and thank goodness for that as Beau will eventually be released back into the Taranaki bush to make his home.

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