Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex talk to staff as they look at kiwi chicks during a visit to the National Kiwi Hatchery at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on the final day of their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. (Phil Nobel/Pool Photo via AP)

Royals Harry and Meghan name kiwi birds 'gift' and 'sneeze'

October 30, 2018 - 11:29 pm

ROTORUA, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan have examined the navel, nostrils and whiskers on New Zealand's flightless kiwi bird and got to name two tiny chicks on the final day of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited a kiwi hatchery in the town of Rotorua on Wednesday and learned about the breeding program for the threatened birds, which are considered national icons.

They gave the 3-day-old kiwi chicks indigenous Maori names: "Koha" meaning "gift" and "Tihei" meaning "sneeze," from the Maori saying "tihei mauri ora" meaning "the sneeze of life" or the right to speak. The names were gender neutral because their sexes haven't yet been identified.

The couple also visited a Maori meeting grounds or "marae" and went for a public walkabout.

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