North Shore Times : January 3rd 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 5 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 3, 2013 NEWS Contact Resident Managers Peter & Rosalie | Phone 415 2617 | email@example.com | 550 Albany Highway | Albany | www.settlersalbany.co.nz The 'Lodge' now open outstanding community facilities SHOWHOME OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM TO 4PM Like us on facebook to have your say facebook.com/NZautocarDashboard Wishing you all the best over the summer holidays! Sit back and relax with Dash-board. View at www.dash-board.co.nz or at any of our newspapers online. Your online motoring guide issue 7 veterinarian Wriggly: Tammy Chan holds a bearded dragon which is due for a check-up. Hold still: Tammy Chan holds Rakiura the kakapo during a check-up. have a mean kick if frightened, he says. He has had no close calls but a risk is always taken. All vets get used to scratches from cats.'' It's not a daily occur- rence but it's part of the job'', he says. But one reassurance is he knows one of the zoo's lions is terrified'' of him. INTERNSHIPS IN DEMAND Students come from universities around the world to intern at Auck- land Zoo, John says. Queensland university student Tammy Chan was on her last day of internship at the zoo when the North Shore Times visited. For a few months, Tammy had helped John and other NZCCM employees look after the animals. The waiting list for an internship at some zoos around the world are two years long, he says. It takes a long time to get a job as a zookeeper, he adds, with many peo- ple who volunteer at the zoo taking on further study at places like Unitec. The father of three attributes his success to the early rural work he did. John is now semi- retired to spend more time with his family and wife Lyn. RAKIURA'S BIG PROBLEM Important job: Vet John Potter draws a blood sample from Rakiura. Well-known kakapo Rakiura is one of 122 left. She made headlines last year when she was admitted for a very personal problem. She returned to Auckland Zoo two months ago because conservation workers noticed her transmitter was not moving and she had lost weight, vet John Potter says. The ''inflammation around her bottom'', which struck her down last time, has returned and she has been in quarantine since. Mr Potter checks out the problem, takes a blood sample and then starts the difficult task of popping a gag and feeding tube into Rakiura's beak. Australian student Tammy Chan and zoo vet and North Shore resident Lauren Best get a grip on the feisty bird to hold her steady. A gag is necessary otherwise she will choke on the tube or bite his finger, Mr Potter chuckles. The team is not sure what caused the inflammation but she may have a virus. Rakiura will ''probably'' go back to Great Barrier Island as the large green birds do not do well in captivity. New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine works with kakapo on the island alongside the Department of Conservation, trekking long distances. Ensuring species are healthy and safe from predators are priorities, Mr Potter says.
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