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All three of the crested ibis chicks hatched in the wild late last month temporarily left their nest on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture on Sunday, two days after the first sibling became the first to do so in 38 years, the Environment Ministry said.

The possibility is high that the three will come back to the nest or stay in nearby trees for awhile. Still, the incident marked a landmark for Japan, which tried for years to save the bird from extinction and used artificial breeding to reintroduce the species to the wild.

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