kakapo chicks

kakapo endangered parrot of New Zealand. These are 2 chicks hand reared from eggs in 1998.

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    no guns… kakapo are slowly recovering… critically endangered…. now THAT what you said there is NOT FUNNY!
    It is a parrot… they're cute enough…

  2. Cryptozoology novel about two boys who find something strange on the beach one night see video book trailer

  3. capture as many of these as we can and breed them in safe captivity lol

  4. @ToshAroundMac – Good to know that not all the chicks are hand reared.
    I've never been to New Zealand, I'm hoping to visit in the next few years. This is only my opinion, but to me New Zealand is such a unique place and her environment and animals should be protected as much as possible. Is there an eradication programme in place for introduced pests on the main islands?

  5. Right-on verticalsmurf. Many re-introduction efforts fail because people just release clueless captive-raised animals. Training captive birds to live in the wild was successfully done before. (Check out California condors info.)

    The kakapo now lives on islands, not in cages, and get to raise the chicks when possible.

    Because introduced predators whiping out New-Zealand's native fauna, if cats and such get to the kakapo islands without human doing something, it's byebye in a matter of years.

  6. @ToshAroundMac – I get what you are saying, but my worry is a bit different, once there is a good number of Kakapo, how can we be sure they will know what to do or how to feed their chicks if their only experience has been with humans, or with humans wearing puppet sleeves? They survived for tens of thousands of years without us, we interrupted them, how do we make it so that the Kakapo instinctivly feed their bubs and meet each other without human help?

  7. @verticalsmurf It is quite common for chicks of endangered birds to be hand-reared for many reasons, some of which come to mind : hand-rearing can be safer than letting it up to the parents, food shortage, to avoid predators eating chicks, to trick the breeding pair into laying a new clutch sooner.

    When they number so few, every bird and chick counts to avoid further reduction of the gene pool and inbreeding depression.

    (Yes I know this was asked very long ago.)

  8. Kakapos are ugly and stupid helpless little animals, but that is exactly that makes me love them! Ever since I read Last Time to See by Douglas Adams. They emerged to being one of my favourite animals. These poor little bastards are so adorable! I wish we could save them.

  9. I love kakapos since I watched them in Animal Planet! Hope they get saved 🙂

  10. o ok. i only heard bout kakapo's on animal planet's the most extreme. u gotta sometimes wonder how credible their facts are. they claimed that bee's. ordinary bee's r dangerous. no they aren't but killer bee's r. there is a difference, but with ordinary bee's u gotta provoke em 1st.

  11. what a treat to see these. Had hoped to see when in NZ but they've been moved to an island without predators.

  12. i heard they have a lot of trouble finding mates. well the males seem 2 have that problem. poor lil guys, i can relate 2 how they feel.

  13. I've read about Kakapo's (I even went to a talk on Kakapo's while I was in Te Anau), but it's really good to actually see some!