January 12, 2012
Our newest member has turned one month old, and her weight is 288 grams up from her hatch weight of 224grams. And “ta-da” we have another girl! Of course we are thrilled to have another kiwi chick, but another girl is the best holiday present of all. This one has the same personality as Areta and Manaia. She is quite feisty in the morning. but when she calms down, she is a bit of a snuggler. She is eating her diet quite well, but doesn’t want to be hand fed.
The other interesting note is that she also squeaks like her two sisters. She doesn’t talk as much as Hiri did, but she does chat. As with all of our kiwi chicks she absolutely adores having her head rubbed (much like cats around the ears). Her eyes close, and if she could purr I think she would.
Several people have asked if she has a cowlick behind her neck. At first I thought, like all kiwi, this “wave” in her feathers would straighten out, but after all this time it does look like she might have a permanent wave. It is too cute! I know several people have asked about her name, stay tuned for details.
We hope that sometime in March she might be joined by another chick. When I came back from the holidays I received a bonus gift of finding a kiwi egg was laid around December 28.t Maori is doing his wonderful job of incubating, while Nessus is content to let him get on with it. Below is some of the pictures of our newest girl including some with a holiday bent. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taking them. I hope that we can do another photo shoot at the end of the month so stayed tuned. All of our kiwi are doing great, and Koa continues to keep his weight up. It took a long time to get there, but he got there eventually. He and Manaia continue to share the ambassador duties for our Meet a Kiwi program.
A note from our overseas partners: Frankfurt Zoo’s new kiwi from New Zealand have produced their first egg, but alas like our new male out at SCBI-Front Royal, the male didn’t quite know what to do with it. They have an older experienced male (who is no longer breeding), so they decided to give him the egg. Like the pro that he is he popped on that egg with 30 minutes. They are seeing development, which is really exciting. Time will tell if this egg will hatch. They are expecting their first kiwi chick from their older pair soon.
Out at SCBI-Front Royal the new kiwi facility is almost completely finished. They still have yard work to do: mostly adding plants (anyone who wants to donate money to help with buying some plants would be welcomed!) The birds have moved into the house part and have settled down nicely. I have high hopes in the coming months their pair will be giving us some eggs. GO SCBI!
In the US, Columbus Zoo has produced their first kiwi egg of the season. They will check it at the end of the month. If any of you are in the Memphis area, check out their new addition. They received Justus from Columbus Zoo late last year. (Justus was the male that was on display, but Columbus is putting their young boys in that exhibit, so everyone in that area can view them). And it looks like all the shifting around of males for the San Diego girls may be paying off at last. The pairs are getting along and we have high hopes that the girls have found love at last.
Finally just a interesting note from New Zealand: Pukaha Mt Bruce hatched out a second white chick (from the same pair that produced the first). This one is named Mauriora which means “sustained life.” This one is also adorable (aren’t they all). Congrats to the team there. They actually have another egg from the same pair incubating, so it will be interesting to see what color that one is.