Extinct bird gets new prosthetic leg

From Nights, 10:45 pm on 28 February 2024

In 2020, a stuffed female huia was stolen from a display at the Dannevirke Gallery of History during a robbery.

Although the person responsible was caught and the bird was returned, one of the huia's legs was missing. 

Thanks to help from Te Papa Tongarewa, Wētā Workshops and a 3D printer, the huia is now back on her perch next to her mate.

The Gallery of History's president Murray Holden joins Emile Donovan.

Dannevirke Gallery of History female Huia at Te Papa Museum after completed restoration work.

The rescued huia in 2022 (leg notwithstanding). Photo: Murry Holden