Kiwi chick hatched in rare breed­ing suc­cess

The Southland Times - - National News -

A kiwi has been born in a zoo in the Nether­lands, the first ever, and it has a spe­cial name that re­flects this sig­nif­i­cance. Tu­atahi, which means the first, or the first one, is a first for the 2018 in­ter­na­tional breed­ing pro­gramme, ac­cord­ing to the New Zealand em­bassy in the Nether­lands. Lyn­dal Walker, the Nether­lands’ am­bas­sador to New Zealand, was at the cer­e­mony to re­veal the kiwi and an­nounce its name. Tu­atahi was born at the bird park Av­i­fauna af­ter ‘‘years of wait­ing’’, ac­cord­ing to Dutch broad­caster Om­roep West. The chick hatched on Septem­ber 18 af­ter 80 days of in­cu­ba­tion, Om­roep West re­ported. The ar­rival of Tu­atahi was not made pub­lic un­til it had sur­vived its first cru­cial weeks, and it was in per­fect health, the bird park said.

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