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Tiny Kiwi Chick Hatches at Rainbow Springs

Tiny Kiwi Chick Hatches at Rainbow Springs


Rotorua, New Zealand – 5 February 2014: It's arrived! Weighing in at just 173.5 grams, the smallest kiwi chick to hatch at Rotorua’s Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter has emerged from its egg.

Kiwi Encounter has hatched more than 1,300 North Island brown kiwi eggs over the years and this latest arrival is the smallest the team has ever nurtured, and is also believed to be the smallest of its species in New Zealand.

"It's very exciting," says Kiwi Encounter husbandry manager, Claire Travers. "The little chick hatched all on its own and there was a team of very excited staff yesterday morning, one staff member even turned up straight out of bed on her day off, she was so keen for a look."

The 'tiny' egg weighed just 217.6grams on its arrival from the Southern Whirinaki Forest and is a single anomaly from this clutch which has produced one other normal sized egg that hatched last week. By comparison, the sibling egg weighed in at 442.1 grams, more than double the weight of 'mini', and weighed 369 grams at hatch. Previously the smallest chick to date was McMurdo – his egg was 292 grams at the same age and he weighed 238.5 grams at hatch.

All going to plan this chick will be released to establish a founding population of kiwi at the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust near Tauranga.

The tiny chick now needs a name and naming rights are up for bid on Trademe http://www.trademe.co.nz/pets-animals/other/auction-691506937.htm with all proceeds going to kiwi conservation.

Claire says it’s a “complete mystery” why the female has laid an odd smaller egg in a clutch. Possible factors are that it is diet-related, or it could point to issues with her ovaries or reproductive tract.

For just an extra $10 per person, visitors to Rainbow Springs can enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ encounter, which includes a peek at the new arrival.

Rainbow Springs involvement in kiwi conservation began in 1995 with the arrival of an orphaned egg and the hatchery has grown over the years to become the largest kiwi hatching facility in New Zealand, successfully incubating and hatching brown kiwi eggs from around the North Island.

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