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Monday, October 20, 2003
Fate of ibis depicts situation of endangered species: "
Yoshikazu Suzuki Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
The last pure-bred toki (Japanese crested ibis) died before Japan and China could reach agreement on a plan to jointly protect ibises.
What kind of lessons did the ibis, which died after a long life, teach us?
The female ibis, named Kin, died on Oct. 10 at the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center in Niibomura, Niigata Prefecture. Kin was captured when she was a chick and spent nearly 36 years at the center.
The death of the bird, which lived to the equivalent of more than 100 years in human terms, meant the extinction of the pure-bred Japanese crested ibis, whose scientific name is Nipponia Nippon. Ibises are internationally protected birds. "