Sunday, March 16, 2008

A kiwi destined for life in spotlight

A fluffy little kiwi has been born, far away from a homeland it will never see. The rare North Island brown kiwi is the new star of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC. The chick – its sex has yet to be determined by dna testing – is the third hatched there. In 1975 the zoo was host to the first kiwi born outside New Zealand. In New Zealand the endangered brown kiwi population is estimated at 25,000 and falling. Source: The Dominion Post

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