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6th crested chick hatches at Sado conservation center.

NIIGATA, Japan, May 3 Kyodo

A crested ibis chick hatched Thursday morning at a sanctuary on Sadogashima Island, Niigata Prefecture, becoming the sixth chick born at the center this year, the prefectural government announced.

The chick hatched at 5:55 a.m. at the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center from an egg laid by Yang Yang, a crested ibis gifted to Japan by China in 1999, breeders at the Sado Crested Ibis Preservation Center said.

The crested ibis is an endangered species. Although its scientific name is Nipponia Nippon, the birds are virtually extinct in Japan due to the nation's failure to properly protect the bird in the past and environmental degradation.
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