The first ibis to be bred in captivity in Japan has been named “Yuu Yuu,” Environment Agency chief Kenji Manabe said Friday.

Manabe announced the name at a Tokyo press conference after an agency-appointed committee, consisting of nature experts and an actress, considered submissions from elementary school students. After thumbing through dictionaries for 3 1/2 hours, the committee reduced the pool of potential names and finally settled on Yuu Yuu.

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