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Driver kills two nēnē at Haleakala National Park

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Adoptive mother nēnē nests with orphaned egg (Image source: Haleakala National Park on Facebook) Adoptive mother nēnē nests with orphaned egg (Image source: Haleakala National Park on Facebook)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two nēnē, or native Hawaiian geese, were killed by passing motorists in Haleakala National Park on Maui.

The incident occurred on Dec. 5, and rangers have spent the past few weeks trying to ensure the survival of the pair's two eggs. The eggs were placed in two different nēnē nests, in hopes that the other birds would care for them.

Rangers announced Friday that their attempt, so far, is a success.  If all goes well, the two nēnē should hatch in early January 2013.  Nēnē are a threatened species, endemic to Hawaii.

The birds are attracted to roads because of the grass found on shoulders, the warm asphalt and the water that runs off roads after storms, park officials said on their official facebook page.  

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