15 Jan 2020

Gutter water likely giving Tui lead poisoning

From Summer Report, 8:35 am on 15 January 2020

An influx of native tui with lead poisoning is likely coming from gutter water in Wellington.

The Wellington Zoo's animal hospital - The Nest - is seeing an increase in Tui birds with lead toxicity.

A senior vet from the Nest, Baukje Lenting, spoke to Leigh-Marama McLachlan about how the nectar eating birds are getting a heavy metal in their system.