USA: World's cutest chick? This baby Kiwi will melt your heart

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C/U Kiwi
M/S Bird keeper carrying kiwi
SOT. Dave Rimlinger, Curator of Birds at San Diego Zoo (in English): “This is really a significant day for San Diego Zoo. We’ve hatched a kiwi, first one in almost 10 years, so we’re very excited, it’s quite a rare bird in the US.”
M/S Kiwi being weighed
SOT. Dave Rimlinger, Curator of Birds at San Diego Zoo (in English): “Kiwis are one of the most unusual birds in the world, they lay the largest size egg for that size of any bird, four times larger than what you would expect a bird that size to lay. Consequently they take a long time to hatch more than 65 days.”
M/S Bird keeper moving kiwi
SOT. Dave Rimlinger, Curator of Birds at San Diego Zoo (in English): “Sometimes in the hatching process those big feet get in the way and they actually push a hole out through the bottom of the shell and so keepers have to push his leg back in there and tape up the shell so he can push up and come out the correct end.”
M/S Kiwi

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After undergoing a 78-day incubation, one of the longest of all birds, a rare kiwi chick hatched at the San Diego Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center Thursday. Animal care staff made the decision to intervene with the hatching after problems arose.

Dave Rimlinger, Curator of Birds at Sam Diego Zoo said that “Kiwis are one of the most unusual birds in the world, they lay the largest size egg for that size of any bird, four times larger than what you would expect a bird that size to lay. Consequently they take a long time to hatch more than 65 days.”

It is the father kiwi that incubates the enormous egg, unlike most birds, although the female is nearby and will sometimes lay a second egg a few weeks later. The newborn chick accidentally poked its legs through the bottom of the egg, making it difficult for it to emerge. Staff monitoring the chick carefully taped the bottom of the egg to give the chick the opportunity to hatch on its own, but after the chick was still unsuccessful, keepers peeled back part of the shell to assist with the hatching.

Courtesy of San Diego Zoo

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