Rare bird hatched at panda research base
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding said on May 6 that it has hatched the egg of a Chinese monal ( Lophophorus lhuysii), a bird as rare as the giant panda. The bird, which lives in alpine shrubs more than 3,000 meters above sea level, is one of the largest pheasants in the world. It is listed as a Grade 1 Stateprotected species in China, as there are fewer than 3,000 left in the wild. Eleven of the birds live in captivity at Fengtongzhai National Nature Reserve in Sichuan. More eggs are expected to hatch soon.