A kākāpō chick has hatched in the wild on Hauturu o Toi/Little Barrier Island, less than two years after a small adult population was re-introduced to the island.
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The egg is one of five due to hatch on Codfish Island within the next week.
Te Anau-based takahe and kakapo ranger Glen Greaves escorted the egg from Little Barrier Island, 80 kilometres northeast of Auckland, on Saturday.
The egg, which was 21 days into its 30-day gestation period, was taken from Little Barrier kakapo Heather because she had two eggs and removing one would give a second chick a better rate of survival.