Jan 20, 2021

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TWENTY-FOUR YEARS LATER, A MISSING KERERU* IS FOUND IN NEW ZEALAND

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The kereru is a pigeon that is native to New Zealand. The Guardian reported that a specimen called Pidge disappeared from Rotorua National Park in 1996 and has not been seen since (Source: By Arzu Addison / January 11, 2021)

However, in August he appeared unexpectedly and was recognized by a ring on his leg. The surprise was even greater because their kereru lived from 15 to 25 years, and this manu is now 29 years old.

Emma Bean, head of the hatchery in the park, said Page is possibly the oldest specimen of this type. The park contacted Hamilton Zoo, where an older Kiro was allegedly living, but this specimen has already been destroyed.

A skinny and in very poor condition was found in August. The garden kept her discovery a secret until now, but now it is reported that she is fine, she has been fed grapes and bananas for a month. “It already looks like he loves to fly, so we’ll be moving to post this weekThe expert said.

Park caretakers say the documents do not show Page either escaped from the park at the time or that he was simply released. But they think he may have lived nearby and has now come because he no longer has enough to eat. Bean said the kereru lived in pairs, so they’d watch Pidge to see if his partner would come.

Two years ago, the giant fruit dove became New Zealand’s bird of the year. Kereru, called a Maori, is a large-bodied pigeon up to about half a meter in size, with a distinct feather on its back, head and white abdomen. It feeds on ripe fruits, and because it ferments in its body, it may drop the kero from the tree because when it drinks, it cannot cling.

To see the original post, please click here: https://www.campuslately.com/twenty-four-years-later-a-missing-giant-fruit-pigeon-is-found-in-new-zealand/

Editors Note: Aroha mai e te whanau, for this re-post, we changed the original title from Giant Fruit Pigeon to Kereru. Hope it doesn’t offend. PBT.

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