Kōrero: Moa

A four-legged moa (1 o 2)

A four-legged moa

There was such patriotic enthusiasm about the size of New Zealand’s moa that one collector, thought to be 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, he added an extra pair of legs. It ended up looking more like a giraffe than a moa.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Trevor H. Worthy, 'Moa - Appearance and breeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/11379/a-four-legged-moa (accessed 7 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Trevor H. Worthy, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015