Rare kiwi hatches in NZ sanctuary

(CBS/Reuters) New Zealand's national symbol, the kiwi, has a new addition - a rare white bird named Manukura, born on May 1st.

His name means "of chiefly status" in Maori, but the little guy barely weighs over a half pound.

Although he is not an albino, his unusual color makes him a target for attack by other kiwis which are commonly brown - like the fruit that shares their name.

While it is being decided whether he can live in a sanctuary safely, he will be hand-reared in the nursery for four-to-six months where his diet largely consists of minced meat and vegetables.

The kiwi is a flightless bird that is native to New Zealand. Its current population is 38,400 - a number which has dramatically decreased over the past 36 years - 86 percent of the birds have perished due to predation and loss of habitat.

  • Natalie Jimenez

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