As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Rare Siberian Crane given special protection in Taiwan after getting lost

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.

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