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Blond Kiwi Chick is unique!!!!
05-26-2011, 12:33 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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SCIENTISTS are celebrating the surprise hatching of this rare white kiwi chick at NZ's Pukaha Mt Bruce national wildlife centre.

The North Island brown kiwi chick was the 13th of 14 kiwis hatched at Pukaha, near Wellington.

Pukaha Mt Bruce spokesman Bob Francis yesterday said the chick was not an albino but rare progeny of kiwi that were transferred to Mt Bruce from Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf, off Auckland.

"As far as we know, this is the first all-white chick to be hatched in captivity," Mr Francis said.

"The kiwi population on Little Barrier Island has birds with white markings and some white kiwi but this was still a big surprise."

The kiwi is related to a group of birds called ratites, which includes the emu and NZ's extinct moa. There are five species of kiwi - the brown, rowi, tokoeka, great spotted or roroa and little spotted. All are threatened.



Only 350 each remain of the rowi and tokoeka kiwis. About 1600 little spotted kiwis remain on predator-free islands.

Pukaha board member Jason Kerehi said [b]tribal elders saw the white chick - named Manukura - as a tohu or sign of new beginnings.

"Every now and then something extraordinary comes along to remind you of how special life is," he said.

Manukura was bred to be released into the wild but its future is uncertain because rangers fear its colour might make it vulnerable.

The nocturnal kiwi cannot fly and has loose, hair-like feathers and long whiskers. It makes burrows and is the only bird known to have nostrils at the end of its long bill.

İmage

http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/kiwi-...6062197263

adorable! clap.gif
05-26-2011, 12:41 AM #2
ocker1 Member
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a cute blonde Kiwi Chick was my downfall when I got to NZ sad2.gif
05-26-2011, 03:35 AM #3
yankees skier
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Not what I was expecting. vic.gif

Biere.
05-26-2011, 04:14 AM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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05-26-2011, 09:52 AM #5
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:)
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05-26-2011, 10:17 AM #6
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What a very cute kiwi chick
05-26-2011, 02:56 PM #7
Accidental Stoner Member
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You can treat toenail fungus with kiwi chicks?!

Wow. Whoulda thunk.
05-26-2011, 04:05 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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(05-26-2011, 02:56 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  You can treat toenail fungus with kiwi chicks?!

Wow. Whoulda thunk.

dunno.gif learning new stuff every day
05-27-2011, 09:54 AM #9
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05-27-2011, 09:10 PM #10
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you can also treat genital swelling with cute blonde kiwi chicks...................just sayinchuckle.gif
05-27-2011, 10:27 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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orgazmo3.gif you want to elaborate on that? 37.gif
05-27-2011, 10:30 PM #12
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(05-27-2011, 09:10 PM)scrapperscrub Wrote:  you can also treat genital swelling with cute blonde kiwi chicks...................just sayinchuckle.gif

Pics or it didn't happen. rofl.gif

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05-27-2011, 10:41 PM #13
yankees skier
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(05-27-2011, 09:10 PM)scrapperscrub Wrote:  you can also treat genital swelling with cute blonde kiwi chicks...................just sayinchuckle.gif

Interesting. chuckle.gif

Biere.



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