Zoo Miami Apologizes for Mistreating Kiwi, Removes Animal Encounter
Zoo Miami has issued an apology after a video surfaced on social media showing visitors patting a kiwi under bright lights, causing outrage in New Zealand. The incident took place during a paid animal encounter at the zoo, which has since been discontinued. The kiwi, named Pāora, appeared visibly agitated and tried to retreat into darkness during the encounter.
Kiwis are considered a national symbol in New Zealand, and their conservation is of utmost importance due to their endangered status. The zoo has promised to ensure Pāora is kept out of public view and plans to construct a suitable habitat for him. The country’s Department of Conservation intends to address the concerns raised by discussing the incident with the US Association of Zoos and Aquariums.