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Female ibis to arrive in Japan from China for mating.

TOKYO, Oct. 11 Kyodo

A female crested ibis will soon be brought from China to Japan to mate with Yu Yu, which was hatched last year from an egg produced by a pair of birds donated by China, Japanese government officials said Wednesday.

The ibis will arrive on the occasion of a visit to Japan of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, scheduled to begin Thursday.

Yu Yu's parents were presented to Emperor Akihito last year by Chinese President Jiang Zemin who visited Japan in 1998. The chick was later hatched artificially.

The female ibis from China will be sent to the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center on Sado Island, in Niigata Prefecture, in the Sea of Japan, where it is hoped to lay eggs.

The academic name for crested ibises is Nipponia Nippon, containing the Japanese word for Japan. However, the birds no longer exist in the wild in Japan.

The officials said China has yet to disclose whether the female bird will be a present or on loan.

Yu Yu is one of three ibis chicks which have been artificially hatched in Japan.
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Date:Oct 16, 2000
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