NEW ZEALAND’s drought conditions are having an impact on its iconic wildlife, with a tiny dehydrated and starving kiwi being rescued by a passing couple in the Coromandel.
Paul and Lee Sayers rescued the 185g bird near Whitianga, and named it Pita-Pocket due to its size, they told The New Zealand Herald.
It was taken to Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, which is the country’s largest kiwi hatchery.
Husbandry manager Claire Travers said the chick was thought to be about 17-20 days old, which meant it should weigh around 400g.
“The current dry conditions are a strong indicator toward his lack of nourishment as in the dry conditions bugs burrow deep and the little kiwi’s beak is not long enough to penetrate as far beneath the ground as it needs to, to reach its food source,” Ms Travers told the newspaper.
It had been receiving ‘intensive care’ at Kiwi Encounter and was responding well, despite an injury to its beak which may affect its breathing.