Rare kiwi chick hatches at Toledo Zoo

A rare North Island kiwi chick born Jan. 2013 at the Toledo Zoo.

The Toledo Zoo is welcoming a new addition to the family with the hatching of a kiwi chick.

A female North Island brown kiwi chick hatched at the zoo on Jan. 12, a first at the zoo's off-exhibit Avian Breeding Center which breeds rare and endangered birds.

Staff will hand-rear the chick which came to be from a fertilized egg provided by the Columbus Zoo in December. "This successful hatching is the result of dedicated staff at both zoos working to help an endangered species," said Robert Webster

curator of birds at the Toledo Zoo.

The rare kiwi is expected to be a part of the zoo's Wild Walkabout exhibit once it opens in May.