Rare white kiwi is seeing red after surgery

November 1, 2011 - 11:25 PM
New Zealand White Kiwi

A rare white kiwi named Manukura is treated by Lisa Argilla at the Wellington Zoo, in Wellington, New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. The six-month-old kiwi, who has a recessive gene, is recovering from an operation to remove a stone from her stomach. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — She's grumpy, grouchy and packs a good kick. Just like a normal kiwi should.

Manukura the white kiwi is among the rarest of birds. And she appears to be healthy after after a scare during surgery Friday to remove an oversize stone from her gizzard.

Lisa Argilla, a veterinarian at the Wellington Zoo, says kiwi are naturally stroppy and so the bird's grumpiness is a good sign she's returning to health.

Manukura lacks the gene that gives most kiwi a brown color. Her Maori name means "of chiefly status" and some believe her birth May 1 heralds a new beginning.