Recovered Kanmuriwashi eagle injured in traffic accident is released
January 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ishigaki rangers’ office has set free a male Kanmuriwashi, or crested serpent eagle, that was injured in a traffic accident on the highway in Hoshino district, Ishigaki last October.
When a ranger found the eagle on the highway, its internal organs were bleeding. The eagle fully recovered from its injuries and was released back into the wild. It looked fine and flew away into the forest.
Kanmuriwashi is registered as a Special Natural Monument. According to the rangers’ office, there were seven traffic accidents causing injury to the birds in 2015. The office urges drivers to be careful to avoid collisions with animals, including Kanmuriwashi. A ranger said, “Crested serpent eagles and other animals will be active during the breeding season in March. We want to be animal-friendly drivers.”
(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)
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