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Rare white kiwi is seeing red after surgery
Rare white kiwi is seeing red after surgery to remove stone from gizzard
By The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ' She's grumpy, grouchy and packs a good kick. Just like a normal kiwi should.

Manukura the white kiwi is among the rarest of birds. And she appears to be healthy after after a scare during surgery Friday to remove an oversize stone from her gizzard.

Lisa Argilla, a veterinarian at the Wellington Zoo, says kiwi are naturally stroppy and so the bird's grumpiness is a good sign she's returning to health.



Manukura lacks the gene that gives most kiwi a brown color. Her Maori name means "of chiefly status" and some believe her birth May 1 heralds a new beginning.


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