Hitting a kiwi with your car is the last thing anyone would
want to do but it became a reality for a Gisborne man this
He has been told he is the first person known to have hit a
kiwi with a car.
"That isn't anything to be proud of," says sports
photographer Cory Scott.
Not that he could avoid it. Mr Scott was with his two sons
driving through the Trafford's Hill area 50km north of
Gisborne when he spotted a kiwi on the road.
"I didn't see it until the last minute. I slammed on my
brakes as fast as I could without hurting myself or my
children," said Mr Scott.
Mr Scott was travelling home from Tauranga on Wednesday night
when he drove over a rise in the road, which made it hard to
see the other side.
He spotted the kiwi when he came down the other side.
Steering the car so the kiwi would go underneath, Mr Scott's
efforts failed when he felt a thud.
"The kiwi must have tried to make a run for it at the last
"I swore at myself because I couldn't believe I had just hit
In a desperate bid to save the injured bird, Mr Scott and his
sons put the kiwi in a net and brought it to town.
"I drove as fast as I could to Gisborne and had my mum in
Tauranga Googling 24-hour vets."
Mr Scott's mother came across an injured birds call centre,
which told them to contact the Department of Conservation
which has a 24-hour response line for injured kiwis.
"We rang DoC and they said someone would meet us in town,"
said Mr Scott.
"They were excited because they had never heard of an
untagged kiwi in the Waioeka Gorge area before."
A DoC worker met Mr Scott at 1am and took the injured bird.
Yesterday DoC rang Mr Scott and informed him the kiwi had
been taken to Massey University for tests.
Initial tests revealed no broken bones but it had
neurological damage, Mr Scott was told by a DoC worker.
Mr Scott is proud of his two boys, Max, 13, and Rico, 8, who
handled the situation well.
"They were amazing. They helped me get it into the car. They
hope it makes a full recovery."
A DoC spokesman said the bird was stablised overnight and
they were waiting for further information.