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Tuesday, 8th November 2011
In General Japan News,

Okinawa bird under threat from cars

A rare species of bird discover 30 years ago in the Okinawa prefecture could be under threat of extinction due to the prevalence of cars passing through local forestry, the Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Centre warned.

A total of 34 of the unique birds in the area were killed b by moving vehicles, up from 33 last year and 20 the year previously, the Japan Times reported.

This represents a staggering surge in road deaths for the Okinawa bird, as it suffered just 26 losses in the nine years between 1995 and 2004.

An spokesman for the conservation centre, Makoto Fukuda, explained that the birds may be becoming more brave, approaching the roads more confidently as they are more accustomed to people and vehicles.

He said: "We're asking people to drive slowly and remain especially vigilant when traversing areas where rails and other precious forest creatures like Ryukyu long-haired rat are more likely to appear," the news provider quoted.

Earlier this month, the 14th Annual Japanese Coral Reef Society Conference was held in Naha city to discuss the preservation of the magnificent underwater features.

Under Nirai Kanai beliefs, Okinawans have traditionally worshipped such reefs.

Posted by Mark Smith  

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