After a wing amputation, a red-footed booby is now greeting crowds at zoo

After a wing amputation, a red-footed booby is now greeting crowds at zoo
Ka'ipo only has one wing, but the zoo says he's a friendly, cool bird. (Source: Honolulu Zoo)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -A special new animal is now on display at the Honolulu Zoo.

Visitors can now check out Ka’ipo, the new red-footed booby.

In 2017, Ka’ipo was found with an injured wing and was was brought to the Feather and Fur Animal Hospital for treatment.

The zoo says the bird underwent surgery to amputate one of its wings due to a fracture, and was then transferred to Sea Life Park for rehabilitation.

Unable to be safely released back into the wild, Sea Life Park donated the bird to the Honolulu Zoo.

“This red-footed booby is a great addition to the zoo,” said Honolulu Zoo Director Linda Santos. “Plus, he’s just a really cool bird to look at and can help teach kids about migratory animals and the need to protect our environment.”

Although not endangered, zoo staff say the population of red-footed boobies in the wild are decreasing.

Ka’ipo can be seen at the koi pond at the entrance of the Keiki Zoo.

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