This is a story about Piwi, the kiwi.
Kiwi are flightless birds about the size of chickens, but they lay eggs six times larger than typical chicken eggs. They are the national symbol of New Zealand, where the people are called Kiwis. (hence the “Piwi the kiwi” bit.)
Anyway, poor Piwi broke his legs in two separate accidents. Wildlife experts found him and took him to a wildlife park, where veterinarians provided care.
Then, as doctors might prescribe physical therapy for us, they decided Piwi needed to work out on a treadmill to strengthen his muscles and restore his leg strength. You see, kiwi can’t fly. They have only vestigial wings and they walk everywhere, which is why Piwi needed his treadmill rehab.
Piwi wasn’t too thrilled, as I’m sure you can imagine. After all, kiwi are not accustomed to treadmills. But he went along with his treatment anyway…
Photo credit: thanks to miss_rogue via flickr for the adorable picture of a kiwi
Note: the image is not of Piwi
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