Newspaper article China Post

Cured Black-Faced Spoonbill Returns to Nature

Newspaper article China Post

Cured Black-Faced Spoonbill Returns to Nature

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- One of six black-faced spoonbills that was cured of a botulism infection in March has flown to Dalian, China, the Tainan City Government Agriculture Bureau reported yesterday.

The spoonbill was spotted by the Dalian Zhuange Wildlife Protection Station and is said to be displaying a normal and healthy mating behavior, possibly contributing to the creation of a new generation of black-faced spoonbills. The local Agriculture Bureau expressed their hope in seeing newborn spoonbills visit the Tainan area.

Last March, Ju Jian-ming ([...]) of the Tainan City Government Agricultural bureau reported 13 cases of botulism in the Dannan area. Six of the diseased spoonbills were cured and released back into the wild on March 24 at the Zheng Gonggong Memorial Park. These birds were released with six tracking devices attached to their ankles. The black-faced spoonbill with the tracking number T69 was discovered in Dalian, alive and thriving. …

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