Vets perform emergency 'Caesarean' to help hatch tiny Kiwi chick


Vets performed an emergency 'Caesarean' yesterday (October 28) to help hatch a tiny kiwi chick because it was positioned the wrong way around inside its shell.

The precious kiwi bird struggled to poke out its beak through the egg's membrane and wriggle free because it was stuck upside down with its leg over its head.

A team of vets was alerted when the chick was moving less than usual inside its egg and took x-rays to check its positioning at Auckland Zoo, home to 1,400 animals in New Zealand.

Bird keeper Debra Searchfield then used surgical tweezers to peel back delicate fragments of the shell to reveal the fragile baby bird tangled inside.