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Kiwi bird surprises at Rosvall Sawmill

2 May 2024

Workers at Rosvall Sawmill near Whangārei, New Zealand, had an unexpected visitor, a fully grown kiwi bird. The bird casually strolled into the mill early one Monday morning, and spent a few hours exploring the premises before it found a comfortable dark spot under a workbench. The sawmill workers, initially unsure of what to do, closed the workshop doors to prevent the bird from wandering into any machinery and potentially getting hurt.

In the ensuing hours, they reached out to a few experts for advice, including the local Department of Conservation (DOC) office. Rangers completed a thorough check-up and was released into the safety of Mt Tiger, an area with strong predator control and dedicated dog control close to the sawmill.

The kiwi’s survival was a testament to the volunteer group’s efforts because in areas without pest control, stoats kill 95% of kiwi chicks in their first year. As Northland’s kiwi population increases in areas with pest control, once-rare encounters with the national bird are becoming more common.

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Source: RNZ

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