From Thursday's edition of Japan Today comes this article:
"A pair of red-crowned cranes 丹頂『タンチョウ』 from Japan were flown to Taiwan on Wednesday in the country’s first ever export of the endangered bird, zoo officials said.
The birds, named 'Big' and 'Kika', were transported to T'aipei (Táiběi) 台北 from Kushiro 釧路, northern Japan.
They will be quarantined for 21 days before the nine-year-old male bird, 'Big', which is used to human contact, is introduced to the public on October 30, T'aipei Zoo (Mùzhà Dòngwùyuán) 木柵動物園 said.
There are about 1,000 of the birds - one of the world’s largest cranes - in Japan.
Biologists estimate that 1,600 others live in the wild or in captivity in Siberia, China, Mongolia and Korea."