Rescued kaka disappears
A kaka rescued from a Mayfield lawn and returned to the wild has done a disappearing act - pleasing Department of Conservation (DOC) staff.
The kaka was released back into the wild in September, a week after it was found wandering on a Mayfield lawn by a member of public.
DOC partnership ranger George Iles, who helped release the rare bird at Peel Forest, said there had been no more recent sightings of it.
The bird was released at a couple's property, so it could be monitored and cared for if necessary.
Mr Iles said one of two things were expected to happen following the release - it would "stick around" or wander deeper into the wild. DOC staff decided if it chose to "stick around" they wanted it to be somewhere safe, where it would be fed, if necessary.
However, Mr Iles said it appeared the bird had "spread its wings and gone". "We've had no reports of it at all, which is what I would have sort of expected, but it certainly hasn't turned up on someone's lawn looking for handouts [again]."
Most of the South Island's remaining kaka population live on the West Coast, making it unusual for the birds to be seen in South Canterbury. However, in recent years there have been reported sightings of kaka in the district - one pair was seen at Arundel and another bird was discovered at the Peel Forest camping ground.
Kaka are regarded as "nationally endangered", with up to just 4000 left in the country.
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