Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Haast Tokoeka Kiwi chick at Wellington Zoo

Haast Tokoeka Kiwi chick at Wellington Zoo




Wellington Zoo is caring for a juvenile Haast Tokoeka Kiwi, that was recently admitted to The Nest Te Kōhanga for treatment.

‘This Kiwi came to us very underweight, and our samples revealed both coccidia and ascarids (intestinal roundworms),’ said Lisa Argilla, Veterinary Science Manager.

‘I suspect he or she has been struggling to forage for food, and being underweight has potentially allowed the parasites to increase due to a compromised immune system.’

Since arriving at The Nest Te Kōhanga the chick has been eating well and gaining weight steadily.

‘The intestinal worms are quite large so we are treating them reasonably slowly, over about five days, after which we’ll take repeat samples,’ explained Dr Argilla.

‘All going well, we hope to be able to send this precious bird back home very soon.’

Endemic to the West Coast of the South Island, the Haast Tokoeka Kiwi is critically endangered – with only an estimated 400 birds remaining in the wild.

Wellington Zoo successfully cared for two Haast Tokoeka Kiwi chicks in March this year. After a course of antibiotics for a bacterial infection, they were able to return to the Department of Conservation (DOC).

‘Wellington Zoo has a terrific relationship with DOC – they send a number of sick birds to The Nest Te Kōhanga, where we are able to diagnose what’s wrong and treat them until they’re well enough to be sent home,’ said Dr Argilla.

‘It’s a partnership that highlights the importance of organisations working together for native species conservation.’

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news