Beaudy, Taranaki's newest kiwi, is dead.
Named after Taranaki All Black Beauden Barrett, the kiwi chick hatched at Rotorua's Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park earlier this month.
But the effort proved too much for him.
"He lay down and went to sleep and didn't wake up," East Taranaki Environment Trust member Karen Schumacher said.
Beaudy's egg was discovered on a trip to replace kiwis' transmitting devices in Purangi in June.
It is suspected the egg was just five days old when it was found.
The kiwi park staff had learnt a lot about how an egg developed and the importance of natural incubation from Beaudy's case, Mrs Schumacher said.
"It really highlights what a challenge it is to keep our kiwi going."
The chick has been sent to Massey University for an autopsy.
Mrs Schumacher said Beaudy's dad Baccy was currently incubating a new egg.
HTL Insurance, which had said it would sponsor Beaudy's recovery, will take over sponsorship of the new chick if all goes well.
"We've all got our fingers, toes and everything crossed," Mrs Schumacher said.
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