The Oriental Stork can't be seen anymore in Japan and Korea. It disappeared because of hunters and pesticides. But now we have a captive-breeding project to bring a human-raised Oriental Stork back to the wild.
Total length: 100cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
Oriental Storks fly the East Russian and Chinese skies.
Oriental Storks catch fish and frogs near water. They also enjoy eating snakes and bugs.
Grown-up Oriental Storks have no cry. They make noises by tapping their beaks.
Long ago, they built nests in town
Once, a lot of Oriental Storks could be seen in Japan and the Korean Peninsula. They even built nests in town during the Edo Period (1603-1867). Because people hunt them, they decreased in number. And because of tree clearing, it became difficult for Oriental Storks to build nests. Plus, pesticides killed the fish that Oriental Storks needed for food. In Korea and Japan wild Oriental Storks disappeared. Now Oriental Storks can be only seen in some parts of Russia and China.
Let's bring Oriental Storks back to the wild!
Now there is a project to return Oriental Storks to the wild in Japan and Korea; people raise Oriental Storks, increase the number of their chicks, teach them how to get food, and then bring them back to the wild. In 2005, three Oriental Storks were released to the wild in Hyogo prefecture. In 2007, one of them raised its chick and it flew away from the nest cheerfully. People are expecting to see more success in the project.
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