Taipei Zoo cranes successfully hatch chick after 11 years

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Taipei, July 1 (CNA) A pair of red-crowned cranes from the Taipei Zoo have finally successfully hatched an egg 11 years after arriving in Taiwan, the zoo announced Friday.

The cranes came from Kushiro Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan, in 2011 as part of a collaboration agreement with the Japanese zoo to preserve crane species in parts of the world outside of Japan, the Taipei Zoo said. in a press release.

He said that after getting used to their habitat in Taiwan, Kika and Big were paired to start breeding in 2014, with the female Kika often seen performing the unique mating dance of the species during the mating season.

In return, the male Big would sometimes respond to Kika’s call, with the pair’s first batch of eggs being laid in 2015.

The zoo said keepers and experts often help the process by changing the couple’s meal plans, increasing the size of their habitat and even artificially inseminating Kika’s eggs.

Sadly, all of these eggs never came to fruition, until the successful birth of a hatchling this year.

The zoo added that the chick came from two eggs laid by Kika and hatched naturally through the mutual care and effort of both parents.

After birth, the chick would follow its mother to search for food and be fed while Big would take on the responsibility of protecting them.

Kuchiro Zoo also joined in celebrating the chick’s successful hatching by providing Taipei Zoo with knowledge and suggestions on crane chick care.

The Taipei Zoo described Kika, now 17, and Big, now 20, as responsible first-time parents.

During the chick’s nursing period, zoo staff have to be extra careful when caring for the crane family, he said, adding that Kika might hide her chick while Big keeps his eyes on her. guardians of their habitat and would attempt to hunt. those he considers invaders.

While the chick is growing healthily at a rapid rate, the zoo nevertheless warned that with the chick in its fragile beginnings, visitors should only try to catch a glimpse of the newborn through the telescopes set up in the amphibian house. and zoo reptiles.

The Taipei Zoo said while Kika and Big’s parenthood was a long-awaited celebration, it wasn’t the first time red-crowned cranes have hatched at the zoo.

With the zoo first founded in 1913 as Maruyama Zoo during Taiwan’s Japanese colonial period, the zoo had experience of housing the crane species.

The zoo said the first two cranes hatched in the zoo in 1918, with successful hatchings documented sporadically throughout the zoo’s history.

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