After being abandoned in the forest, a rare parrot chick gets new foster parents and a second chance

The vast wildlife in New Zealand is a wonder to behold. The non-profit Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne is determined to do everything they can to protect it. According to their website, they are the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary. They’ve had such a positive impact on the wildlife, reintroducing 18 species of native creatures back to the area. This work is often complex but, sometimes, it’s all about saving a single creature, like this baby kaka parrot.

In a video shared on social media, we learn that members of the non-profit came across an abandoned kaka baby inside the sanctuary. There wasn’t a single nest nearby. Although they have no idea how this happened, they did have a plan as to how they could give this abandoned creature a new home.

From what they could tell, it seemed like the chick hadn’t eaten in quite some time. This meant they needed to take action ASAP. It’s important to rescue any animal, of course. But considering the fact that the kaka parrot is considered to be a threatened species, it made the situation all the more urgent.

As timing would have it, there’s a family of kaka parrots are on the other side of the valley, and they have three little ones around the same age.

Carefully, they placed the abandoned bird in the nest. In doing so, they hoped this new bird would be welcomed into the family. Luckily, these loving birds welcomed this little one into their home with open wings!

“I’m just imagining popping to the supermarket to grab dinner and someone’s added an extra kid to my house hoping I won’t notice,” one person humorously shares.

“I work in Te Aro and can often hear and see the Kaka flying close by,” another writes. “It’s so awesome seeing these beautiful manu being repopulated in our area.”