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27 February 2018

Unique Footage of Kiwi Chick Hatching

We're proud to release this incredible unique footage of a kiwi chick hatching. This timelapse takes a photo every second of the six day hatch! The camera was carefully set up to capture this rarely witnessed event while keeping the egg warm and safe in the incubator.

The chick that hatched is named Cadre and is from Tongariro! Cadre was released on the 29th November 2017 to a predator controlled area of Tongariro Forest at 25 days old, weighing 413g. 

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