Have you ever heard of a Kakapo?
I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. These incredibly rare parrots live in New Zealand. They are large, scholarly-looking birds that you’d just want to cuddle (if they weren’t a wild animal with really, really sharp claws). Their numbers are rapidly dwindling, they are officially a “critically endangered” species. Researchers can count the number of Kakapos left on earth. That’s why when one chick was in danger, an entire group of rescuers leapt into action.
So when Lisa, the momma bird, accidentally crushed her egg it was vital for her keepers to attempt to save it.
The keepers used a gentle adhesive to hold the egg together, hoping that the membrane inside and the baby Kakapo weren’t damaged.
All they could do was pray and wait. Then, a miracle! The little Kakapo broke through the shell on February 28th, 2014.
This chick is the first Kakapo hatched in 2014.
The little chick is growing and staying strong. Hopefully, this is just one chick on the road to helping the Kakapo recover.
Kakapos are unique, wonderful birds of New Zealand. Kakapo Recovery is an organization dedicated to saving the critically endangered animal. They work closely with the Kakapo population of Codfish Island in New Zealand to help boost their numbers.