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An endangered crested ibis given to Japan by China laid her fourth egg this year at a preservation center on Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, center officials announced Monday.

Personnel at the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center on Tuesday will collect the egg, which was laid Sunday, for artificial incubation.

The egg is the fourth laid by Yang Yang with her mate You You. Both ibises were donated by Chinese President Jiang Zemin to the Emperor when he visited Japan in 1998.

Crested ibises, or Nipponia Nippon, are virtually extinct in Japan and have been designated an endangered species. Only one ibis born in the wild in Japan remains — a female named Kin, who is thought to be 33 years old and also kept at the Sado center.

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