Japanese experts in Taiwan to help red-crowned cranes mate, breed
Central News Agency
2014-02-17 11:03 PM
Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) Two Japanese experts are in Taiwan to help a pair of endangered red-crowned cranes -- Big and Kika -- mate because they are now sexually mature, the Taipei Zoo said Monday. The pair of cranes given to the zoo by the Kushiro City Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan, as symbols of Japan's gratitude for Taiwan's generous aid following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are adapting well to the zoo's environment, according to the Taipei Zoo. The 11-year-old Big and eight-year-old Kika are neighbors but have had no contact with other. They are now of an age at which they can reproduce, however, and with March to May the breeding season for red-crowned cranes, the Japanese zoo and Kushiro Crane Natural Park have each sent an expert to Taiwan to help the birds mate. The two experts will further gain an understanding of the condition of the two cranes and then encourage them to reproduce, the zoo said. It indicated that it has no plans to use artificial insemination with the cranes. (By Tai Ya-chen and Evelyn Kao)
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