Cured Black-faced spoon­bill re­turns to na­ture

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY MICHELLE YEH

One of six black-faced spoon­bills that was cured of a bot­u­lism in­fec­tion in March has flown to Dalian, China, the Tainan City Gov­ern­ment’s Agri­cul­ture Bureau re­ported yesterday.

The spoon­bill was spot­ted by the Dalian Zhuange Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Sta­tion and is said to be dis­play­ing a nor­mal and healthy mat­ing be­hav­ior, pos­si­bly con­tribut­ing to the cre­ation of a new gen­er­a­tion of black-faced spoon­bills. The lo­cal Agri­cul­ture Bureau ex­pressed their hope in see­ing new­born spoon­bills visit the Tainan area. Last March, Ju Jian-ming (

) of the Tainan Agri­cul­tural Bureau re­ported 13 cases of bot­u­lism in the Dan­nan area. Six of the dis­eased spoon­bills were cured and re­leased back into the wild on March 24 at the Zheng Gong­gong Me­mo­rial Park. These birds were re­leased with six track­ing de­vices at­tached to their an­kles. The black-faced spoon­bill with the track­ing num­ber T69 was dis­cov­ered in Dalian, alive and thriv­ing.

The story of the black-faced spoon­bill T69 — named Jenny — has be­come a sym­bol of Tainan’s eco­log­i­cal ef­forts and achieve­ments. Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Tainan Wild Bird Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety, Guo Dong-hui ( ), is op­ti­mistic about the stream­lined mat­ing process of Tai­wan’s very own black-faced spoon­bills. He is also ea­gerly await­ing the ar­rival of the T69 bird in Oc­to­ber as a sym­bol of Tainan’s own fruit­ful mat­ing sea­son.

The latest de­vel­op­ments has cre­ated an ex­cit­ing time for en­thu­si­as­tic bird watch­ers in the area, and has many look­ing for­ward to an up­com­ing event hosted at Tai­jiang Na­tional Park that aims to show­case the beauty of the black- faced spoon­bill. Chiu Ren-wu (

) of the Eco­log­i­cal So­ci­ety be­lieves that the news of the T69 bird will bring more at­ten­tion to the event and will hope­fully shed light on the im­por­tance of wildlife con­ser­va­tion.


Black-faced spoon­bills are seen in Dalien, China, yesterday in this photo pro­vided by the Tainan Eco­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Con­ser­va­tion. The black-faced spoon­bill T69, left, one of six sur­vivors of a March bot­u­lism out­break in the An­nan area, Tainan, has flown to Dalien, China, where she is thriv­ing and show­cas­ing healthy mat­ing habits. Tainan City’s Agri­cul­tural Bureau said that it hoped to see the spoon­bill re­turn to Tai­wan this com­ing win­ter.

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