A spotted kiwi has been rescued by a Department of Conservation worker after the bird was found trapped in a mineshaft.
The bird was found by Trevor Ellen who heard its calls while he was tramping in a remote valley north of Greymouth. The area is full of abandoned coal mines and shafts, some almost a century old.
A DOC worker was sent to the site and lowered down the 3m mine shaft.
Using his ‘kiwi ingenuity’ the DOC worker attached a rope to a punga tree, and lowered himself down. When he reached the bottom, the bird, probably a juvenile, let him pick it up.
As there was little bird droppings DOC explained that it had only been there a few days.