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Thanks to an active intervention program, at Whangarei Heads we really do have kiwi in our backyard.

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Helping injured kiwi

What to do if you find a sick or injured kiwi:

  1. Only handle the legs and lower body of the kiwi if possible – a squeeze of the chest will kill even a healthy kiwi. Be careful of the claws because kiwi can kick hard, and hold the legs firmly together to move the kiwi.
  2. Keep the kiwi warm, dark and quiet. A closed box with an old towel or newspaper is good.
  3. Keep the box in a quiet place out of sunlight. If the weather is cold a heat pack or hot water bottle with warm water in it can be used to keep the kiwi warm.
  4. Ring Todd Hamilton (ph: 974 8160 or cell: 021 145 385) if you are in the Whangarei Heads area, or the Department of Conservation Whangarei Area office (ph: 470 3304). We will arrange vet treatment if needed. The Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre (ph: 438 1457) is also available.

What to do if you find a dead kiwi:

  1. Stop and look around the where the kiwi body is, take photos to help work out the cause of death if possible. Have a look for any kiwi radio transmitter or metal band on or near the body.
  2. Put the body in a plastic bag but DO NOT FREEZE. If possible put it in a chilly bin with ice or refrigerate.
  3. Ring Todd Hamilton (ph 974 8160 or cell 021 145 385) if you are in the Whangarei Heads area or the Department of Conservation Whangarei Area office (ph 470 3304) We will collect the kiwi and it will be autopsied to ascertain cause of death and also used for scientific studies.
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