US zoo apologizes to New Zealand

US zoo apologizes to New Zealand

A video of visitors fondling a kiwi, the Pacific country’s reclusive national symbol, has sparked an international incident

Zoo Miami issued a formal apology to New Zealand on Wednesday after footage of visitors to the facility manhandling its only kiwi – the country’s national symbol – triggered an avalanche of complaints and an inquiry from Wellington’s Department of Conservation.

The zoo “made a huge mistake” in offering visitors a hands-on ‘Kiwi Encounter’ with Paora the kiwi for $25, spokesman Ron Magill confessed in an interview with Radio New Zealand, acknowledging the outrage and admitting “we have offended a nation.

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