An injured native hawk in its rehabilitation enclosure at
the Kiwi Birdlife Park. Photo by Christina McDonald.
An injured wild harrier hawk/kahu is eating its carers
out of house and home.
The kahu was brought to Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park from
the Department of Conservation with an injured wing to
rehabilitate before being released back into the wild.
Assistant park manager Nicole Kunzmann said the ''very, very
hungry'' hawk will eat either two possums or three rabbits a
week and staff were hoping ''some nice farmers or hunters''
would help feed it.
To meet its nutritional needs, the hawk needs prey complete
with bones and fur.
Mrs Kunzmann said the park could freeze any surplus rabbits
or possums and the animals would need to be shot using
bullets that were not lead.
The hawk was found in Wanaka.
As hawks will eat road kill they often become victims
themselves, which is how this hawk might have become injured.
Once the hawk recovers it would be released in the area where
it was found.