Christchurch terror attack: Police dog unit saves baby pukeko after running over its mum

The South Island Wildlife Hospital is caring for a baby pukeko caught up in the response to Friday's terror attack in Christchurch.

A car belonging to a police dog unit hit the bird's mother on Saturday while responding to the aftermath of the attack. 

Fully armed officers are out across New Zealand after the terror attack, which saw 50 people killed in mosques on Deans Ave and Linwood Ave.

The Christchurch-based wildlife hospital said on Facebook officers arrived with the baby pukeko wrapped up in a police uniform.

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Pictures of the pukeko and the officers.
Photo credit: Supplied/South Island Wildlife Hospital

"They were in full regalia! A tiny alive pukeko baby wrapped in some navy police overalls. 

"Surreal!! Both [officers] were armed, and the policewoman asked for something to clean pukeko poo off her machine gun!!"

The hospital said the baby is doing well now and has been named SWAT.

The hospital told Newshub SWAT did not need any special veterinary treatment and is now being looked after by a volunteer.