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Red-crowned Cranes from Japan Arrive Taipei Zoo

Two red-crowned cranes named “Big” and “Kika” arrived Taipei Zoo on September 14, 2011. The mandatory quarantine period for both cranes will take about one month. During the period they will stay at the Animal Quarantine Center of Taipei Zoo. Zoo visitors will be able to meet the male crane, Big, after October 30, 2011. And due to the better management for the shy female crane, Kika, the Zoo will introduce her to the public until the beginning of 2012.

Big and Kika are red-crowned cranes from Kushiro Zoo in Japan. They arrived smoothly in Taipei Zoo at 7:50 p.m. Taipei zoo prepared water, loach and corn with nutritious pellets at the Animal Quarantine Center. After settled down, Kika ate about 10 grams of corn pellets in the first day. And Big had good appetite, he ate 150 grams corn pellets and a loach immediately arrived at the quarantine room. After the long journey, two red-crowned cranes flapped their wings comfortably at their new home. And the veterinarians also observed them standing by one leg when they fell asleep at night.

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BIG (male)
Studbook number: 10-04
Hatched date: May 28, 2002
Personality: adventurous, strong territoriality
Weight: 7.7 kg

KIKA (female)
Studbook number: 09-177
Hatched date: June 6, 2005
Personality: Shy
Weight: 6.25 kg