rare bird an d a Red Panda are born in New Zealand
March 19, 1997
Web posted at: 11: 53 p.m.
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(CNN) -- New Zealanders have
plenty to celebrate with the
birth of two rare animals -- a native Kakapo
bird and a Red
Only about 50 Kakapo birds are thought
to remain in the wild
Zealand. A chick was hatched recently in captivity at
The bird seems "very healthy," veterinarian Paul Jansen said.
"It's being fed by its mother every hour, and those bouts are
for 10 minutes." The skills of the chick's mother are
crucial to its
Kakapo chicks are extremely vulnerable. Of three
that hatched f ive years ago, only one survived. Jansen is hoping nine
eggs on the island also hatch.
In another bit of
good news for wildlife lovers, Auckland Zoo
has been celebrating the
birth of two Red Panda cubs. Keepers
introduced the pandas to the public
for the first time
There are about 240 of the
animals in captivity. The number
of Red P andas left in the wild is
unknown, but thought to be
dwindling. That's because the supply of bamboo
shoots -- its
primary food -- has been reduced by the growth of farmland.
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