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 Anzac the Brown kiwi  
      
 

Soon after Anzac's mom Shawny laid the egg, his dad Nic decided he didn't want to incubate the egg.
Our kiwi husbandry officers removed the egg and placed it into one of our incubators.
During the time the egg is in the incubator, which in this case could be up to eighty days, our keepers will turn the egg four times a day, this is to ensure the nutrients are evenly distributed inside the egg. The egg is only turned to 90 degrees and then back to the centre each day.
The egg is candled twice a week. This enables us to see the development of the embryo and to check that there are no problems during the development.

Embryo growing  



It took Anzac 7 days of hard work before finally hatching.

Anzac begins to hatch  



The keepers noticed Anzac's legs were a little splayed so they fashioned a splint for the chick to wear for a couple days to help keep Anzac's legs straight. They also made the paper towel 'donut' to help Anzac sit up while he wears the splint.

Anzac legs     Anzac in TLC






Anzac is a week old, and I think you will agree is very cute!

Anzac 2017 - Copy  



Shortly after Anzac hatched, the kiwi team noticed a couple of scratches on his bill that were acquired while he was hatching. When he was bigger and stronger, Anzac was flown up to Wildbase Hospital at Massey University so their veterinary team could make sure there wasn’t any infection and that his bill healed up properly. After getting the all clear, Anzac was flown back to Christchurch.

Anzac bill  
     







   




 
   
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