The Ministry of the Environment looks after a black-faced spoonbill

The Ministry of the Environment looks after a black-faced spoonbill

At around 6:20pm on March 11, in the southern part of the main island, members of the Wild Bird Society of Okinawa and the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government captured a black-faced spoonbill. (Taken by Kamenobu Oshiro)


March 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of March 11, a black-faced spoonbill that had been found with a fishing line wrapped around its beak on March 4 at the mud flats in the southern part of the main island, was taken into care.

From around 4:30pm that day, more than a dozen people including members of the Natural Environment Office of the Ministry of the Environment in Naha, the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Wild Bird Society of Okinawa observed the spoonbill. After about an hour, the bird became unable to fly and the people who noticed it captured it using a net. The spoonbill is now receiving medical treatment at a veterinary hospital in Naha.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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