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A zoo in Toyama City, central Japan, has succeeded in hatching eggs of the endangered snow grouse under a government-backed breeding program.
A zoo in Toyama City, central Japan, has succeeded in hatching eggs of the endangered snow grouse under a government-backed breeding program.
The Toyama Municipal Family Park Zoo says 2 eggs hatched on Saturday night.
They were among the 19 eggs laid since last month by a snow grouse at the zoo.
This is the first time eggs from a snow grouse raised in captivity have been artificially incubated and hatched.
Snow grouses live in high mountains and are designated as a special natural monument in Japan.
国の特別天然記念物で絶滅危惧種「ニホンライチョウ」の人工繁殖に取り組む富山市ファミリーパークは18日、2羽のひながふ化したと発表した。環境省などが進める人工繁殖事業で、成鳥まで育てつがいにし、ひなが誕生するのは初めて。

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