Endangered bird returned to South Korean wild 40 years after extinction May 23, 2019 0 887 12345 SEOUL: An endangered bird was reintroduced to the wild by South Korean authorities Wednesday, four decades after it went extinct on the peninsula.The crested ibis is listed as South Korea’s National Monument number 198, but was last seen in the wild in 1979 in the Demilitarised Zone dividing the peninsula.China and Japan are also part of the species’ natural range, but the species was driven to the edge of extinction -- partially because pesticide use eliminated its food sources -- until captive breeding programmes were set up.Starting with birds donated by Beijing, the South Korean captive-bred population has reached 363, and the environment ministry said 40 of them had been selected and released into the Upo wetland 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of Seoul. The species - Latin name Nipponia nippon - is also known as the Japanese crested ibis, but is best known in the South for a popular children’s song composed in the 1920s, when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule. (AFP) Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Nine allies of Duterte among 12 newly elected senators May 23, 2019 0 916 Six dead, 200 wounded in Indonesia’s post-poll riots May 23, 2019 0 385 Duterte orders tonnes of rotting garbage shipped back to Canada May 23, 2019 0 380 UN urged to allow Taiwan journalists to cover WHO meet DPA Taipei Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged the United Nations to reverse a decision to deny Taiwanese journalists access to the annual conference of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Switzerland. “RSF .. North Korea hits out at ‘imbecile’ US ex-VP Biden AFP Seoul North Korean state media on Wednesday slammed former US vice president Joe Biden as an “imbecile” and a “fool of low IQ” after he criticised leader Kim Jong-un. Biden, who served two terms as President Barack .. Australian PM meets with C bank chief as stimulus calls grow SYDNEY: Prime Minister Scott Morrison meet with the country’s central bank chief on Wednesday to discuss the nation’s slowing economy as pressure grows for urgent fiscal stimulus. The meeting with Reserve Bank of ..