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I’m doing very well, thanks to all of you

Date Posted: 2008-02-14

A black spoon heron who spent 38 days wandering the Toyosaki mud lands with fishing leader wrapped around his bill is on the road to recovery, and wants to personally convey his appreciation to rescuers.

“Many people have been worried about me, and now I’m quite all right,” he tells his admirers. “I have back my appetite, and my weight too.” When he was taken to Okinawa Island Park January 25th after being captured following the ordeal that began December 6th in Tomigusuku City, the heron’s life was in peril. “My weight is now 1.2 kilograms,” he reports. “When I was rescued, I was only 800 grams.” Black spoon herons usually weigh 1.8~2 kilograms, and the Okinawa Prefecture Natural Environment Preservation Section says “he’s taking food by himself, so we expect to release him back to nature.”

“I am eating tilapia fish now, and am getting stronger every day,” the heron says. “I’m getting better at flying, too.” The Island Park staff concurs, saying the heron now “tries to fly away from us.”

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