Zookeepers from Asahiyama Zoo in the northernmost island of Hokkaido are racing against time to recapture a flamingo before winter fully sets in. It is feared that the bird might freeze to death or migrate south to warmer regions to escape the harsh winter temperatures that regularly reach minus 10 degrees Celsius.
The flamingo, which stands a meter high, hopped off from the fence of its enclosure in the zoo last July, a better time for a bird to be out and about in Hokkaido. It has made its home in the brackish waters of the lake by the Sea of Okhotsk together with some herons and surviving on plankton and seaweed. It is feared that the bird might migrate south to warmer places like the main island of Honshu, which will make the it more difficult to hunt for the bird because of the costs involved. The bird has so far eluded attempts by experts to capture it, which included a man putting on diving gear in order to sneak up on the bird from underwater. The man was only able to get within 100 meters before the flock of heron and the flamingo took off to the skies.
Japan also captured the world’s attention when a Humboldt penguin escaped from a zoo in Tokyo earlier this year. The penguin stayed around Tokyo Bay for almost 82 days and evaded capture by aquarium staff and even the coast guard.
[ via Perth Now ]
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