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2 Japanese crested ibises shipped to China.

NIIGATA, Japan, March 6 Kyodo


Two Japanese crested ibises hatched through artificial means last spring at a bird sanctuary on Sadogashima Island on the Sea of Japan off Niigata were shipped to China and arrived in Shanghai on Wednesday, sanctuary officials said.

The transfer of the rare birds marks the first such shipment from the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center to China, and is part of a bilateral agreement aimed at preventing the species from becoming extinct.

The two birds were among five hatched by Mei Mei, a gift from China, who has been kept at the Sado sanctuary since 2000.

The agreement specifies that every other bird hatched by Mei Mei will be returned to China.

A third female ibis was originally intended to accompany the two shipped Wednesday, but died while being treated for a fracture in its right leg at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo.

The two male ibises left the Sado sanctuary in a special wooden crate and were flown to Shanghai via Sado and Niigata airports.
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Date:Mar 11, 2002
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