Pupils warm to friendly takahe

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

Spe­cial pair: A takahe and its two chicks named Waikawa and Kaipupu by pupils at Waikawa Bay School. that each pop­u­la­tion doesn’t be­come in­bred. Waikawa and Kaipupu may end up stay­ing at Bur­wood Bush or could be sent to an­other is­land or pro­tected main­land site when they are breed­ing age.

It’s un­for­tu­nate that both chicks are fe­male as there is a short­age of males within the species. Now that Pitt and Kowhai have breed suc­cess­fully, they are likely to stay to­gether so here’s hop­ing for more chicks from them this sum­mer.

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