It was a very special morning on TVNZ’s Breakfast earlier today, when a kiwi chick hatched on live television right before the 8 o’clock news.

Breakfast was live streaming the egg from an incubator at the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow in Taupō, when right on 8am the chick decided to kick free from its shell and hatch in front of four very excited presenters and thousands of New Zealanders watching from home.

“It’s in there thinking, ‘What the hell is going on?’!” Breakfast host John Campbell said. “There’s a world outside the egg. Go, you little bird.”

“We’re proud of you,” Breakfast’s Matty McLean added. “It’s really magic.”

Breakfast viewers have the chance to name the chick. Breakfast will continue to follow the chick’s journey until it is released into Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.