10 May 2021

Milford the kākāpō back on feet with help of mini 'moon boot'

From Checkpoint, 5:54 pm on 10 May 2021

A critically endangered kākāpō is back on his feet after the equivalent of a minor toe amputation, and a stint in a custom made moon boot.

There are just over 200 of the precious flightless parrots alive. This handsome fellow is called Milford.

Eagle-eyed rangers were doing their regular spot health checks on the kākāpō on Whenua Hou - Codfish Island, when team vet Doctor Lydia Uddstrom says Milford was not using one of his feet properly.