Japan to give Taiwan rare cranes

Sep 12, 2011
A red-crowned crane and its offspring feed at a zoo in Nuremberg in 2007. Japan will give a pair of red-crowned cranes to Taiwan this week in its first ever export of the endangered bird. The red-crowned crane, which is also known as the Japanese Crane is the second rarest crane in the world. In East Asia, it is known as a symbol of luck and fidelity.

Japan will give a pair of red-crowned cranes to Taiwan this week in its first ever export of the endangered bird, Taipei zoo officials said Monday.

The birds, called "Big" and "Kika", will be shipped to Taiwan Wednesday from Kushiro in northern Japan.

"Diversifying the birds in captivity will be helpful to the protection and breeding of the endangered species," Chao Ming-chieh, spokesman for the Taipei Zoo, told AFP.

The male bird, "Big", will have to be quarantined for 21 days before it is introduced to the public on October 30, he said.

"As the female bird Kika was raised by her bird parents, it is not familiar with contact with human beings and therefore it may take more time to get her adjusting to the new environment," Chao said.

Currently there are about 1,000 of the birds -- one of the world's largest cranes -- in Japan.

estimate that 1,600 others live in the wild or in captivity in Siberia, China, Mongolia and Korea.

Explore further: Four new dragon millipedes found in China

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Whooping cranes make a strong comeback

Dec 27, 2006

The yearly migration of the whooping cranes has returned them to Texas's Aransas National Wildlife refugee with 237 of the birds returning.

National Zoo Welcomes Whooping Crane

Jul 05, 2011

After an 88-year-long hiatus North America's tallest bird, the statuesque whooping crane (Grus americana), is once again on exhibit at the Bird House at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. An 11-yea ...

Rare crane in first Uganda sighting

May 14, 2009

A rare crane species never before seen in Uganda has been spotted in the eastern part of the country, the executive director of Nature Uganda told AFP on Thursday.

Japan reports bird flu outbreak on quail farm

Feb 27, 2009

An outbreak of bird flu has been reported on a quail farm in central Japan but no animals have died and no humans have been infected, the agriculture ministry said Friday.

Rare cranes make detour

Dec 10, 2007

Rare whooping cranes have appeared in an Illinois county for the first time since the 1800s.

Recommended for you

'Divide and rule'—raven politics

56 minutes ago

Mythology has attributed many supernatural features to ravens. Studies on the cognitive abilities of ravens have indeed revealed that they are exceptionally intelligent. Ravens live in complex social groups ...

Science casts light on sex in the orchard

20 hours ago

Persimmons are among the small club of plants with separate sexes—individual trees are either male or female. Now scientists at the University of California, Davis, and Kyoto University in Japan have discovered ...

Four new dragon millipedes found in China

22 hours ago

A team of speleobiologists from the South China Agriculture University and the Russian Academy of Sciences have described four new species of the dragon millipedes from southern China, two of which seem to ...

Scientist creates automatic birdsong recognition app

Oct 30, 2014

Dr Dan Stowell, an EPSRC Research Fellow in QMUL's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has used a grant from Queen Mary Innovation to develop a prototype for an app that turns his research ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.