Story: Moa

A fanciful moa (1st of 2)

A fanciful moa

There was such patriotic enthusiasm about the size of New Zealand’s moa that one collector, James Gault of Canterbury, increased the height of the bird by combining the neck vertebrae of two moa. In order for this distorted beast to be able to stand, Gault supported it with a metal rod.

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Trevor H. Worthy, 'Moa - Appearance and breeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Trevor H. Worthy, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015