Kiwi, the national bird of New Zealand, is known as one of the “three strange birds in the world”. Its wonder is that “birds can’t fly.”. About 70 million years ago, when New Zealand drifted off the Australian continent, the kiwis stayed in this warm land. The earliest kiwis were able to fly. Later, due to the change of living environment, there was no threat from natural enemies, so the kiwis did not fly and land hard. Year after year, the wings degenerate.
As the national bird of New Zealand, the significance of kiwi is extraordinary. As a first-class protected animal, kiwi only lives in New Zealand, which naturally improves the status of national bird. The New Zealand government has also issued a law specifically for kiwis to prohibit cats from visiting areas where kiwis appear. Because cats pose a serious threat to kiwis, in some parts of New Zealand, there is a curfew for cats kept at home.
As an endemic species of New Zealand, kiwis have attracted much attention. They can be called New Zealand’s animal stars. They are not only the national bird of the country, but also the symbol of the unique ecosystem. Recently, they have even become the symbol of New Zealand itself.