22 Dec '11, 3am

Rare White Kiwi Hatches Just in Time for Christmas

Rare White Kiwi Hatches Just in Time for Christmas

It may technically be summer in the Southern Hemisphere, but this year folks in New Zealand are set to enjoy a rare white kiwi Christmas -- and doubly so. Earlier this year, conservationists were delighted to welcome into the world the first ever white kiwi hatched in captivity. But this last Sunday, in completely unexpected fashion, a second white kiwi was born, just in time for the holidays. "We were gob-smacked really," says wildlife center manager Kathy Houkamau. "While every kiwi is precious, to have a second white chick is a delightful gift, especially at this time of year." When Manukura, the first white kiwi, was born at Pukaha Mount Bruce wildlife center last May, it quickly rose to fame as images of the birds unusually snow-white feathers spread throughout the internet. Back in New Zealand, the white kiwi toured the country, raising awareness of efforts to preser...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/conservationis...

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