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The Toledo Zoo is sad to report that
its kiwi chick, which hatched on January 12, died Thursday. A specific cause
for the death has not been determined; further tests are pending.
The chick had been strong
and healthy until recently, when she started to lose weight; blood work
revealed a possible bacterial infection. When initial medical treatment did not
improve her condition, the Zoo's veterinary staff performed surgery to learn more.
during the surgery supported the possibility of a bacterial infection," Dr.
Chris Hanley, the Zoo's chief veterinarian, said. "Shortly after the surgery
was complete, the chick died." Complete results are pending and should provide
"Kiwi chicks have a high
mortality rate, but every indication, until quite recently, was that this
animal was in excellent health," Kathy
Brader, coordinator of the international Kiwi Species Survival Plan (SSP), at
the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, said. "Toledo Zoo staff was devoted to her well-being and
provided her with excellent care during her short time here. We hope that the
results offer information that will help future kiwi populations."
nocturnal, flightless birds native to New Zealand. An estimated 28 kiwi live in
U.S zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In the
wild, kiwi were once
widespread inNew Zealand, but todaypopulations are isolated and fragmented.
According to information from the International Union for Conservation of
Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), wild kiwi populations are estimated
between 25,000 and 30,000 birds, with declines of 90 percent or more over the
last century. They are listed as an endangered species.