You can imagine the joy at Central Manchester when a kākāpō  emerged from the returns bin.

Photo of kakapo replica

Central Manchester’s kākāpō

Not the real McCoy, you understand, but a beautifully sewn replica – one of several kākāpō that have been hidden around Christchurch as part of  Sayraphim Lothian’s Guerrilla Kindness for Christchurch project.

Described as “a Persian cat with feathers“, the kākāpō is one of the world’s most endangered birds. There are only 124 birds left in the wild and now there are 124 of Sayraphim’s little creations dotted around Christchurch for us to find. Sayraphim says she is: “utilising the Kakapo’s journey to recovery as a metaphor for Christchurch’s journey to rebuild“.

I don’t know about you, but I am just blown away by this. By the creativity, the heart, the conscience, the vision.

Our Manchester Library kākāpō goes by the name of Little ToiTiIti. If you spot him in the library, just remember: even though he is the largest parrot in the world, he is very shy, very solitary, actually quite smelly and may make a loud shaaaaarking noise and flap his wings if you approach.

Love this project – Go Guerrilla Kindness!

P.S. Check out photos of some of Sayraphim’s kākāpō being made at Central Library Peterborough.