A rare endangered kiwi hatched in a zoo outside of New Zealand has begun to eat on its own, with adorable pictures emerging on social media.
The chick, hatched last month at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park at Washington DC, is one month old and was parented by the first kiwis to leave New Zealand in two decades.
"I am very proud of the way our program has grown over the years and I have loved every moment of sharing these wonderful birds with all sorts of people. It's a highlight of my day when I meet someone who has come to the zoo primarily to meet our kiwi, it's awesome!!" the National Zoo published on its website.
Feathers from the chick will be sent back to New Zealand when it is old enough. Its parents were gifted to the zoo in 2010.