Manukura the rare white kiwi dies after surgery in New Zealand

Beloved bird that inspired toys and a picture book remembered by conservationists as a ‘precious taonga [treasure]’

A much-loved and extremely rare white kiwi has died following surgery, prompting an outpouring of grief among conservationists in New Zealand.

Manukura the North Island brown kiwi hatched in captivity in May 2011 with a rare genetic trait, leucism, that gave her striking white plumage.

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