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A rare white female Kiwi named Manukura has sadly passed away.
Manukura hatched in 2011 with white feathers instead of the traditional brown type.
The Kiwi became a huge traditional attraction at New Zealand’s North Island Pukaha Mount Bruce wildlife centre. The Kiwi also became very popular online.
Thousands of replica toys of Manukura were designed and sold around the world.
A statement posted to a Facebook page dedicated to Manukura: “It is with great sadness we announce the loss of our dear friend Manukura.” — After rangers caring for Manukura noticed she was not eating and losing weight in early December 2020 she was swiftly taken to Wildbase Hospital, a specialist wild animal veterinary practice at Massey University in Palmerston North. ”
The Kiwi was operated on to remove an infertile egg that became stuck and could not pass out naturally.
Further surgery was undertaken to remove the oviduct and parts of her left ovary. However, it was not enough to save the health of Manukura. The deterioration continued within weeks after the operation.
Manukura passed away in peace at 12:50 pm on December 27, 2020.
“She will be sorely missed,” concluded the statement.