Piwi the Kiwi’s Treadmill Rehab (VIDEO)

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


sherri p.
sherri pon7 years ago

If it helped him to recover perhaps it is a good thing.

Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman7 years ago

I will think of Piwi as I go on my daily walking routine!

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan7 years ago

Wonderful video! I am so happy for Piwi. May God bless all those who were so kind to him.

Amina T.
Amina T.7 years ago


Richard L.
richard Lehr7 years ago

Go Piwi! Blessings on all the people that help Piwi and animals like him.

Angelika Stratiichuk

Thanks for the interesting article.

Janina K.

That was a nice video. However the Kiwi is a nocturnal bird, so I don't understand why it was in all that artificial light...

Rose McB
Rose McB7 years ago

Awww.. what an adorable little sweety! Kudos to the folks around the world who donate freely of their time and money to see to it that animals like Piwi are cared for. That's a lot of love.

gail d.
gail dair7 years ago

thanks for post

Kristy Mitchell
Caro M7 years ago

Go Piwi!