The flightless bird called Takahe, once believed extinct, has made a remarkable return to New Zealand‘s South Island, reported Guardian.
Recently, 18 Takahe were reintroduced to boost the small wild population. This move is a pivotal step in regional conservation. These birds, absent from the Lake Wakatipu valley for nearly a century, have now been released there.
Takahe, around 50 cm in size, possess red beaks, stout legs, and vibrant blue-green feathers. A relic from the prehistoric Pleistocene era, they resemble “almost prehistoric” creatures. Takahe breed annually, nurturing one to two chicks, and thrive up to 18 years in the wild. This revival underlines ongoing conservation efforts in the face of introduced predators.
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