1 Feb 2013

Albatross dies of heat stress

11:54 am on 1 February 2013

A northern royal albatross has died of heat stress in Otago.

The female albatross was part of the protected population at Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula.

The Department of Conservation said irrigation lines were turned on last week to try and combat heat stress.

It hopes that showers predicted in the weekend will help the birds.