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Black-faced spoonbill and osprey to be released into wild

Black-faced spoonbill and osprey to be released into wild

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Taiwan's Endemic Species Research Institute (ESRI) said Friday that a black-faced spoonbill and an osprey are scheduled to be released into the wild on Jan. 3 after having recovered from physical illness and injuries. According to ESRI official Tang Hsiao-yu, the black-faced spoonbill was found in Siaogang District in Kaohsiung suffering from severe weight loss, anemia and dehydration and brought into the institute's Wildlife First Aid Station by the Kaohsiung Wild Bird Society on May 20. "It was too weak to fly back to the north with other birds," the bird society said. Meanwhile, the osprey brought in by the animal health inspection officials of Changhua County in Nov. 4, 2010 had feathers on its wings that might have been burned from electric shocks, Tang said. After being taken good care of and trained to adjust to the wild, both birds will be released into the wild at the same time next year, he explained. Tang noted that the black spoonbill will be released to the endangered birds' major habitat in Taiwan -- Cigu District in Tainan City. "I hope I will see them again flying healthily in an open field," he said. (By Yang Sz-ruei and Nell Shen)


Updated : 2021-04-15 17:07 GMT+08:00