Two oriental white storks released into wild
after rehabilitation in central China reserve
Web Editor:International Daily
Two oriental white storks were released into the wild from a national nature reserve in central China's Hubei Province on Wednesday after months of rehabilitation.The rare animals, which are under China’s first-class state protection, were rescued and put in rehabilitation at the Wanghu Wetland Nature Reserve in Xinyang County last year."The two white storks were rescued and brought back on April 21, 2020. We built a temporary nest for them in our office. They were very weak in the beginning, about one or two months old and some 25 cm in length. We fed them glucose and chopped loaches every day. They survived as a result," said Zhong Jian, director of Nature Protection Station, Wanghu Wetland Nature Reserve Administration, Huangshi City.After several months of feeding, the two white storks were in good health and were ready for flight. On the afternoon of January 22, the caretaker moved them into their "new home" in preparation for their release into the nature."We built a field rehabilitation training base in the form of this farmhouse, with an area of 800 square meters. We dug a ditch in the farmhouse and put some eels and loaches into it. We allowed the white stocks to feed themselves in this artificial river," said Zhong.A large number of oriental white storks will migrate from the north and rest in the natural reserve in March every year. The two released white storks are living with other migrant birds in the reserve to reacquaint themselves with their natural habitat.