Author(s): Janet Hunt
The little kaka that lost its way; the kereru with the broken wing; the tuatara that went floppy; the whio that couldn’t fly, the kea with the broken foot...
All these stories and more from Wildbase, the remarkable New Zealand native animal veterinary hospital, told by expert natural history writer Janet Hunt.
This is the perfect book for everyone who cares about our wild creatures and wants to know more about how they are helped when they are ill or injured. Children, parents and teachers will be entranced and inspired by the stories of how skilled vets can cure our endangered species.
Kea #78129 has one leg dislocated and the other infected and swollen. Captured near Lake Manapouri, the kea is sent by boat, car and plane to Wildbase Hospital, New Zealand’s only dedicated wildlife hospital for the medical and surgical treatment of native wildlife, in Palmerston North where we follow every step of his treatment as he undergoes surgery, rehabilitation and release. Not every story turns out so well but each is completely fascinating.
Janet Hunt can tell a great story and there are eleven other case studies, from the little kaka that lost its way to the karearea (New Zealand Falcon) that flew into a window. It's a very well designed book with little clipboards detailing each case, fact boxes and great photographs - often taken by staff on their phones.
Aimed at 8-12 year olds, it's also a great read for older reluctant readers and anyone interested in becoming a vet or working in conservation.
Janet Hunt is one of New Zealand’s best known natural history writers, for adults and children.