First chick in 8 years welcomed

Queenstown's Kiwi Park has waited a long time to meet its newest resident, Pako.

Born almost two weeks ago, they are the first kiwi chick to hatch at the sanctuary in eight years and the first for breeding pair Anzac and Atawhai.

Ten days before hatching, staff took over care of the egg and monitored it by ‘‘candling’’ — which uses a bright light source behind the egg to show details through the shell — to keep an eye on its development.

Pakō hatched at Queenstown’s Kiwi Park last month, the first chick to be born at the sanctuary in...
Pakō hatched at Queenstown’s Kiwi Park last month, the first chick to be born at the sanctuary in eight years. PHOTO: RHYVA VAN ONSELEN
Pako’s gender will be known once one of their feathers undergoes a DNA test.

Pako — an onomatopoeia for loud noises — will stay at the park for at least the next six months and may become a permanent resident.

As part of a broader conservation and relocation programme, the decision for their relocation will be based on where they are needed most.

In about a month, Pako will move into their new home at the park, where visitors will be able to see the chick up close.

tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

 

 

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