Four toroa/northern royal albatross eggs have gone missing from Otago’sTaiaroa Head/Pukekura colony.
Police are investigating, after the eggs were found to be missing during routine checks on Thursday morning.
It’s still unclear what has happened, and police are gathering security camera footage and talking to people who may have relevant information.
However, it’s thought the eggs may have been taken as there are no signs they were eaten by predators.
Toroa are threatened by climate change, habitat loss and plastic pollution and are slow at reproducing, and thus need as much support as possible. They are protected under the Wildlife Act and it is an offence to harm or disturb them.