NIIGATA – A crested ibis chick hatched Saturday morning at the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center on Sadogashima Island, Niigata Prefecture, prefectural government officials said.
The chick, the seventh hatched at the center this year, emerged at 6:04 a.m. from an egg laid by Yang Yang, a crested ibis that China gave to Japan in 1999, according to the officials. The chick weighs 57.8 grams and is in good health, they said.
Despite its scientific name, Nipponia Nippon, the crested ibis is virtually extinct in Japan. Only one ibis born in the wild remains in Japan — a female named Kin. The bird, also kept at the sanctuary, is thought to be more than 30 years old.
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