Watch: Baby Kākāpo hatches at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo has a brand new arrival, a tiny Kākāpo chick. Its arrival marks 61 healthy Kākāpo chicks born this breeding season, which is great news for conservationists.

The baby bird was born on Saturday, weighing in at only 25.9 grams.

Early in 2019, there were just 147 of the native birds left.

According to Auckland Zoo's Tweet, more babies are on their way.

Kākāpo's conservation status is ranked by the Department of Conservation (DoC) as "nationally critical", and efforts to stop their extinction have been on-going since 1891.

Another Kākāpo chick was hatched on Anchor Island in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Kākāpo Recovery Team named the chick Kotahitanga, which means unity, or solidarity.


"Our thoughts are with Christchurch and New Zealand's Muslim community. Kia Kaha," read the Twitter post announcing the chick's birth and naming.



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