Wānanga, a fledgling male kea in Arthur’s Pass, was identified as having lead poisoning with the highest lead levels ever recorded in a still-alive kea. After many attempts he was finally captured and transported by police escort to the South Island Wildlife Hospital for treatment.
Check out some of the media stories below:
- RNZ: Officer’s serenade keeps poisoned kea calm
- Stuff: Wananga the cheeky kea rides shotgun in police escort to hospital
We wish Wānanga well in his recovery over the next few weeks, and look forward to seeing him back out with his mates in the wild.