27 December 2017

Christmas Hatch

by Ashley Aitken

A Kiwi Christmas came true for our Kiwi Encounter team with Santa delivering not one, but two chicks. 

One chick from Maungataniwha hatched early on Christmas Day weighing 320 grams followed by another chick from Tongariro today weighing 335.5 grams.

 

 

 

It's too early to tell whether the chicks are female or male! Both chicks are healthy and everything is perfect!

Our Kiwi Husbandry Manager Emma Bean said "I can't think of a better way to spend my Christmas Day. It really is a special Kiwi Christmas. We work hard as all zookeepers and animal workers do over Christmas but this just makes it a really special time."

Both chicks will stay at the Kiwi Encounter Brooder Room to grow stronger and some visitors may be able to catch a lucky glimpse of the Kiwi chicks going about their normal day. 

After a couple of weeks, they will then return to their home grounds.

These little guys will go back out into the forest when they are at a stoat proof weight so that they can have a much better survival rate of 65 percent!

A name the Chirstmas kiwi hatch competition was run on our Facebook page and after much deliberation we decided to name this cutie Anahera, which means Angel in Te Reo Māori! Anahera is doing great and currently weighs in at 310grams, which is nearly back to the original hatch weight of 320grams (kiwi chicks lose weight during their first week as they are utilising their yolk)! We are still waiting on DNA results to discover if Anahera is a boy or a girl!