02 Nov '11, 6am
Rare white kiwi is seeing red after surgery
A rare white kiwi named Manukura is treated by Lisa Argilla at the Wellington Zoo, in Wellington, New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP 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 on 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 colour. Her Maori name means 'of chiefly status' and some believe her birth May 1 heralds a new beginning.