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  •   Home > News > Living & Travel

    Kiwi chick hatches high hopes

    A kiwi hatchling has marked the start of the hatching season at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter.

    A kiwi hatchling is getting plenty of attention at New Zealand's largest kiwi hatching facility.

    The kiwi has marked the start of the hatching season at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua, who are hoping for a record season, building on last season's 126 hatches.

    The special arrival hatched by itself on September 7, weighing a healthy 324 grams.

    Kiwi Encounter's Emma Bean, says the new chick is bright, alert, and curious, having a perfect bill of health.

    "Even after more than 1660 hatches it's still so cool to come to work and see a new arrival overnight, especially one so healthy and happy," Ms Bean said.

    "The chick will stay with us for three or four weeks, before being transferred to a creche facility, which is a fenced off area of forest, where it will grow up to a 1kg weight," Ms Bean said.

    "After that it will be released back to Maungataniwha where it came from."

    The kiwi team will take a feather sample which will be tested to find out if it's a male or female kiwi.

    Another 11 eggs are in incubation, with a dozen more arriving next week.


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