Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Rare birds get a royal send-off in Japan

Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko recently held a royal "release" ceremony in which 10 crested ibises raised in captivity in China were released into the wild on Sado Island.


In the last couple of decades, Japanese strategy toward a bird that once filled the country's skies have shifted from preservation alone to preservation coupled with active reintroduction.


Fans of our feathered friends might also be interested in this list of nine spectacular flightless birds.



Houston, we have lift-off.


—Mellow Monk


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