A white kiwi chick is born in captivity in New Zealand

    A New Zealand rarity.

I am sorry – but we Kiwis – have one of the cutest animals in the world.

NO – don’t argue. Just look first !!!!!!!!!!!!!

And a rare white one – double cute.

Manukura

The first ever, born in captivity white Kiwi chick is being raised at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

No – Manukura (as she has been named), is NOT an albino. She is the progeny of North Island brown Kiwi from Little Barrier Island.

North Island Brown Kiwi

Weighing approximately 250 grams when born on May the 1st, Manukura (her name means ‘of chiefly status’ in Maori), will be kept at the centre for between four to six months.

She will be hand reared. Manukura is one of fourteen chicks hatched at the centre this year.

Once she is old enough he may possibly be released into the wild. However, she may be at risk due to his colouration, so DOC rangers will make a decision as to what is the best solution for her continued survival at a later date.

People are able to see Manukura every day at 2pm when she does her weigh in

She may be a little guy, but she is already in the heavyweight champion class if you ask me.

 

Update on Manukura