The young Northern Brown kiwi rescued after being found wandering through Omaha last month has sadly died while being treated at Auckland Zoo’s veterinary hospital (MM, May 23).
The bird had an injury to its bill and was in poor condition when DOC collected it from Laura Laurenson, a local resident who found the bird on a pathway in broad daylight and took it home until it could be handed over to rangers.
fter three weeks of care and observation by the zoo veterinary team, the juvenile kiwi passed away on June 1. Staff were unable to reveal the exact cause of death as Mahurangi Matters went to press.
Had the bird recovered, there were plans for DOC, Auckland Council and Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust to return it to the security of Tawharanui Regional Park.
It is unknown exactly where the bird had come from, but kiwi have begun to breed outside the park’s predator-proof fence in recent years.
DOC advises that anyone finding a kiwi outside fenced sanctuaries, especially during the day, or if they are injured or in poor condition, should immediately call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).