By Derek Lambie
27 May 2015
One-year-old bird has become a minor celebrity and attracts hundreds of visitors a week and even has its own Facebook page.
A rare Siberian crane that got lost and accidentally migrated to Taiwan has been given a government guard after winning the hearts of local people.
The one-year-old white bird – which is threatened with extinction - landed in the wetlands in the north of New Taipei five months ago and immediately became a minor celebrity.
Managing to survive attacks from hawks and even stray dogs, the male crane is the first to ever land in Taiwan and has been given a coveted protection status.
Still in Taiwan today, the local government has hired a security detail to watch over the bird every day from 9am until 5pm, with more than 100 people a day going to see it.
The site now has a video camera set up to allow people to watch it and there is even a fan page for the crane on Facebook, organised by a non-governmental organisation.