The Kiwi is a weird and wonderful creature, and all in all a conundrum in itself. Kiwi are flightless, lacking wings or a tail, and belong to an ancient group of birds that can’t fly- the ratites. It’s a mystery how they arrived in New Zeleand. Their physical characteristics and habits are much more akin to a mammal than a bird. Their feathers are hair-like, they have nostrils at the end of their beaks, they lay giant eggs (the Kiwi egg takes up roughly 20% of the mother’s body weight!
'Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered Malayan Tapir calf! The male calf, named Baku (Bah-koo), was born on April 29. Fortunately, his delivery was much easier than that of his older brother, who was saved by mouth-to-snout rescue breathing by keepers back in 2012.