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NIIGATA (Kyodo) A 1-year-old female crested ibis was found dead Sunday in a mountainous area in Sado, Niigata Prefecture, after it was returned to the wild together with nine other artificially bred birds in September, a local branch of the Environment Ministry said.

The ministry said it had observed during its daily monitoring that the bird was squatting down without moving for about five hours on Tuesday, and suspected it had sustained certain injuries. The bird then remained unaccounted for until Sunday.

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