Two-toned kiwi hatches

Last updated 11:14 23/11/2012

MULTICOLOURED: This Hawke's Bay kiwi emerged from its shell with one white leg and one black one.

SPECIAL SKIN: The kiwi's odd colouring is unusual but not unknown.

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An unusual kiwi chick with one white leg and one black one has hatched at Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua.

The chick was born from an egg that came from Maungataniwha near Hawke's Bay, and the kiwi will be returned once its weight reaches 1kg and it can survive in the wild.

Rainbow Springs National Kiwi Trust Kiwi Encounter facility incubates kiwi eggs from the wild and is the largest hatchery of North Island brown kiwis.

The kiwi eggs are kept safe and warm until they hatch, allowing the newborn chicks a strong start in life away from predators such as stoats and cats.

This is the second chick with different coloured legs to hatch at Kiwi Encounter, the last one - named Knickerbockers - arrived a few seasons ago and the colour difference wasn't as prominent.

Kiwi Encounter manager  Claire Travers said: "The new arrival is doing well in the brooder room and is charming the crowds at his/her daily morning weigh in."

The chick will be introduced to food at day seven, this weekend.

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