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2 crested ibises hatched at bird sanctuary in Niigata+.

NIIGATA, Japan, May 1 Kyodo

Two crested ibises have been successfully hatched from eggs laid by Yang Yang, a crested ibis given to Japan by China in 1999, breeders at the Sado Crested Ibis Preservation Center said Tuesday.

One chick pecked its way out of the shell at 11:15 p.m. Monday and the other at 5:25 a.m. Tuesday.

The two chicks were the fourth and the fifth hatched through artificial incubation at the sanctuary this year.

The other three were hatched from eggs laid by Mei Mei, another gift from China last year.

The chick that hatched Monday night weighed 65.9 grams at birth -- the heaviest of the ibis chicks born at the sanctuary, and the second 60.8 grams.

The crested ibis is an endangered species. Although its scientific name is Nipponia Nippon, the birds are virtually extinct in Japan.

Only one ibis born in the wild remains in Japan -- a female named Kin. The bird, which is kept at the sanctuary, is thought to be more than 30 years old.
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Date:May 7, 2001
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