EVA Air transports rare cranes to Taiwan

EVA Air transports rare cranes to Taiwan

A pair of endangered red-crowned cranes arrived at Taipei Zoo recently, having been transported from Japan on a special EVA Air flight. The two rare birds, named Big and Kika, made the journey from the Kushiro City Zoo in Hokkaido on 14 September, after EVA substituted its usual passenger aircraft for a Boeing 747-400 with extra cargo space, enabling conservation experts and veterinarians to keep a close eye on the birds during the flight. The pilots also turned off the engines as soon as the plane arrived at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, so as to reduce aircraft vibrations and not distress the cranes.

Big and Kika are now settling in to their new home at Taipei Zoo.

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