This Egg Is So Rare That When It Was Crushed, An Entire Team Leapt Into Action. You’ll See Why.

Have you ever heard of a Kakapo? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. These incredibly rare parrots live in New Zealand. They are large, scholarly-looking birds that you’d just want to cuddle (if they weren’t a wild animal with really, really sharp claws). Their numbers are rapidly dwindling, they are officially a “critically endangered” species. Researchers can count (and list by name) the number of Kakapos left on earth. That’s why when one chick was in danger, an entire group of rescuers leapt into action.

This little gentleman is a Kakapo, also known as the owl parrot.

Kakapos are large, flightless, nocturnal, ground dwelling parrots. And they are on the brink of extinction. There are approximately only 125 individuals alive today.

So when Lisa, the momma bird, accidentally crushed her egg it was vital for her keepers to attempt to save it.

The keepers used a gentle adhesive to hold the egg together, hoping that the membrane inside and the baby Kakapo weren’t damaged.

All they could do was pray and wait.

Then, a miracle! The little Kakapo broke through the shell on February 28th, 2014.

This chick is the first Kakapo hatched in 2014.

Smile for the camera!

The little chick is growing and staying strong. Hopefully, this is just one chick on the road to helping the Kakapo recover.

Kakapos are unique, wonderful birds of New Zealand. Kakapo Recovery is an organization dedicated to saving the critically endangered animal. They work closely with the Kakapo population of Codfish Island in New Zealand to help boost their numbers. This was dramatically illustrated by the phenomenal breeding event of 2002, when 24 chicks were added to the kakapo population in a matter of months and again in 2009 when 33 chicks hatched. Two kakapo staff work on Whenua Hou, and have to put up with an isolated location and the wild weather of New Zealand’s deep south. It has no roads and is reached by light plane or helicopter. The island is a specially-protected nature reserve, and no unauthorised landing is permitted. If you’d like to help the Kakapo, please visit the Kapapo Recovery’s website and donate to their cause. Source: Kakapo Recovery Facebook Share this other others and help the Kakapo stay on earth a little longer.

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Here Are Some Terrifying Birds That Would Kill You If Given The Chance.

Apparently Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t too far off in his uber-famous Birds movie. While these 11 birds have a long list of things they’re willing to eat, if you’re not careful, you could end up as one of them, too. (Probably. It seems likely.)

Don’t believe us? Check out these terrifying “birds” and tell us you aren’t freaking out!

1.) Marabou Stork.

Standing up to 5 feet, with a wingspan reported to extend over 10 feet, this stork often kills children who wander too close and are called the undertaker of the bird world due to their ghastly appearance.

2.) African Crowned Eagle.

Found in East Africa, this bird can often be found taking down large monkeys, and the occasional human child. Believe it or not, they’ve also been found to kill antelope.

3.) Greater Honeyguide.

Ok this is gruesome. This chick is hatched along with several brothers and sisters. Each comes with a razor sharp beak that won’t dull until adulthood. Why does it stick around during its youth? Because this chick will eat its siblings until only one survives. Gross.

4.) Vulturine Guinea Fowl.

These highly aggressive, sharp beaked ground stalkers hunt in groups, and unusually for a relative of chickens, capture and kill small mammals. Not too mention they’re incredibly creepy looking vultures!

5.) Anhinga.

Also known as Snake Birds, these all black birds often rise up from the depths of the water where only their sliver of a beak is exposed. Combined with their penchant for an unusual mating call and slinking back in the water, you never know what they’ll go after for dinner next.

6.) Hood Mockingbird.

Found on the Galapagos Islands, these birds have conquered the lack of food sources on the island by learning to drink the blood of young seabirds while they sit in their nests. Oddly enough, they typically leave the “victim” alive, to one day feast on more blood.

7.) Vampire Finch.

Another blood drinker, the small vampire bird is hard to shake off, and will quickly return for more due to its high metabolism.

8.) Antarctic Giant Petrel.

Weighing up to 18 pounds with a wingspan of 7 feet, the ghastly Giant Petrel stalks the colonies of multiple penguin species. Seriously, they’ll take down ANY of them, and you won’t see it in any penguin documentary.

9.) Great White Pelican.

These birds have often been seen eating huge fish and animals…whole. Indeed the Great White was recently filmed at a London park capturing a live pigeon in its massive jaws, before swallowing the bird . . . alive. Whoa.

10.) Great Gray Shrike.

This bird learns to mimic songs sung by other birds, lures them in, and kills them. Just for sport. Seriously…

11.) Greater Adjutant.

Similar to the Marabou Stork, this bird is a scavenger that can often be seen in India’s garbage dumps where it favors human and dog feces.

(via Listverse)

And you thought birds were all about singing songs and pecking at seed, right? Seriously, these birds have just reached “nightmare status.” Especially those freaking human-sized storks. How do these things exist?!

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