INTRODUCTION: The first artificially incubated Kiwi egg was recently hatched in New Zealand with the help of two amateur naturalists.
GV PAN & CU - Kiwi cage and sign at the Bird Park in New Zealand. (2 shots)
CU PAN INTERIOR - Dr. William Calder holding stethoscope over Kiwi egg.
CU People watching egg.
Big CUs - Kiwi beak starts cutting through eggshell at 2 minutes to two. (2 shots)
CUs Further hatching movements at 9.28 (2 shots)
CUs More movement at 10.30 (2 shots)
CU Beak protruding from broken egg at 10.49
CUs Kiwi struggles out of egg at 10.50 (3 shots)
CU Naturalist Barry Rowe carries Kiwi in hands and places it on table.
CU Barry Rowe speaking PAN DOWN TO baby Kiwi.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "No one's ever artificially incubated a Kiwi egg which is normally hatched by the male, who sits on it while mum goes away. But after some work by local chemist and bird lover, Barry Rowe, an attempt was started last November. At the same time, Dr. Bill Calder, from the State of Arizona University arrived on a grant to study the Kiwi. He decided to watch over the egg with as much devotion as any male Kiwi and he's been doing this day and night since November. He's William Calder the Third and has a son William Calder the Fourth, and naturally the bird's been named William Calder the Fifth. Here's how he came into the world.
"To Barry Rowe, the hatching means the Kiwi will never become extinct. But it's also more than that to him".
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 10: ROWE: "It shows that the story for the average man in the street, if you like to make a contribution to the wildlife of New Zealand. There's so many things not known about various species in New Zealand, and there's a chance for the average bloke to do his own thing."
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REPORTER: JIM BROWN
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The first artificially incubated Kiwi egg was recently hatched in New Zealand with the help of two amateur naturalists. The Kiwi is one of New Zealand's national symbols. It's a flightless bird about the size of a chicken which lays an enormous eggs. To further complicate the matter, the male hatches the egg and can only accommodate two of them a year. With this latest achievement in artificial incubation the Kiwi may no longer be an endangered species. A camera was on hand to capture the movement.