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.