Kiwi Chick Successfully Hatches After Volunteers Repair Broken Shell With Masking Tape

The New Zealand zoo's officials said a volunteer had accidentally pierced the kiwi's egg with a thumb.

There's nothing a little masking tape can't fix, even a poor kiwi bird's broken shell.

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Rescuers were not sure whether the kiwi chick would make it after a volunteer inspecting its nest in Western New Zealand accidentally put a thumb through its shell.

"The team [...] had never seen an egg damaged so badly before," a Rainbow Springs Nature Park representative told "The hole was bigger than the size of [a] thumb."

Rescuers at the zoo explained the enclosed shell's purpose was to maintain the proper climate for the embryo to grow during incubation.

Because of the crack, "they were very concerned for the chick's well-being," the representative said.

But volunteers came up with an ingenious idea to make sure the chick would survive.

After rushing the damaged egg to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, they gathered up pieces of broken shell from another egg and patched it over the hole with masking tape.

Sure enough, the embryo survived, and the kiwi chick hatched at the zoo last week.

According to the zoo's representative, "The kiwi chick is doing just fine and is very lucky to have hatched safely."

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Zoo officials said the chick will be returned to the wild when he reaches a weight of two pounds.

Until then, the chick will be cared for at the zoo's hatchery, where volunteers often transport wild kiwi eggs since they only have a 5 percent chance of survival if hatched in the wild.

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