One, two, three Takahe on a mountain

23:32, Feb 19 2013
Takahe release
A powhiri is performed to welcome the the three takahe.
Takahe release
A tracking device is attached to the back of a takahe ahead of its release.
Takahe release
A takahe sits still while a tracking device is attached to its back before release.
Takahe release
The takahe are brought inside the fenced enclosure.
Takahe release
Still in their boxes, the takahe are carried further into the enclosure.
Takahe release
Land owners Joy Cooper and Glen Cooper cannot contain their joy as they open the boxes to release their precious cargo.
Takahe release
A takahe nervously checks out his new home.
Takahe release
A long journey ends for this takahe as they wander off into the sunset and their new home on Maungatautari.

 

Boxes carrying very precious cargo were delivered to Maungatautari mountain on Tuesday afternoon.

Thee rare and endangered Takahe had travelled all the way from Kapati and Burwood to make their new home in the sanctuary.

Only about 260 Takahe remain in the world, with only about 75 breeding pairs.

A pair were released on the main mountain and a female was released into the southern enclosure.

Waikato Times photographer Mark Taylor was there to capture the birds' release.

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