In­jured ka¯ka sparks call for aviary

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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.

This kaka with a frac­tured wing has prompted Wai­heke Na­tive Bird Res­cue to build a new aviary. KAREN SAUN­DERS

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