While lucky not to break any bones after being hit by a car at 70km, this kiwi needed treatment for blood loss, bruising and trauma. Wildbase vets were able to relieve his pain through an intravenous line. Kept in an incubator for a few days the kiwi was then well enough to be moved into a larger cage where he could move around more freely. The ideal place for his rehabilitation would have been a specialised stress-free environment that would allow for natural nocturnal activity as he recovered.
Our iconic flightless bird, the nocturnal kiwi, once abundant in numbers are today threatened with extinction.