Crested ibis welcomes spring's first batch of nestlings

A first batch of three crested ibis nestlings successfully broke their shells on Saturday in Hanzhong Crested Ibis National Nature Reserve in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

Stretching their necks in the nest for food from their parents, a well-known pair of crested ibis named "Zhu Zhu" and "Lu Lu," the fuzzy babies looked healthy and lovely. This year is the pair's third breeding spring.

The babies will still need to receive care from their parents over the following 40 days, until they have the ability to forage and fly independently.

The crested ibis, acclaimed as an "oriental gem" and a rare bird species under state first-class protection that was once thought to be extinct, has revived in China with its population rebounding to 7,000 worldwide.

(Cover image via VCG)

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