Kiwi Turns Up In Russia
According to Russian media reports, a rare kiwi bird has been found ten thousand miles from its natural habitat in New Zealand – in the Black Sea port city of Sochi. Russian media said the bird had been found in a decorative garden in the city and had been there for at least three days. Kiwis are endangered, flightless birds endemic to New Zealand and, to make the story stranger, have never been heard of in the black market trade of rare birds. They are shy birds that can be hard to handle, often becoming aggressive, according to Paul Kavanagh of Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park in the bird’s antipodean homeland. Port officials say there are no direct links to New Zealand in Sochi and therefore everybody involved is baffled as to how the bird ended up there. For now the most important thing for the port officials is to determine how to keep the rare bird alive.