Injured ka¯ka sparks call for aviary
Waiheke Native Bird Rescue is frantically raising money for a new ka¯ka¯ proof aviary.
The service rescued an injured ka¯ka in August after a couple heard its distressed call in Burrell Road, said Native Bird Rescue founder Karen Saunders.
Auckland Zoo’s vet and wildlife rehabilitation team have cared for the ka¯ka, which has had a ‘‘tough time’’, going under anaesthetic about eight times.
‘‘His wing was fractured and required pinning, then he didn’t help matters by trying to destroy the epoxy cast that was holding the pins in place,’’ Saunders said.
The native parrot is expected to return to Waiheke this week- end and will be released close to its original habitat in about six weeks.
‘‘We’re hoping that he’ll return to his flock,’’ she said.
Volunteers started building a new aviary from a shipping container on Monday.
‘‘Ka¯ka are highly intelligent, curious and have an incredibly strong, dexterous beak. Everything needs to stand up to that powerful beak.’’
The community donated $7495 for the aviary and Waiheke SPCA has lent the remaining $4000, so this amount is still needed. Strong wire mesh is also required.
People can make donations to Native Bird Rescue’s Kiwibank account 38-9017-0765887-00 or contact Saunders on 020 473 9464.