The eggs of two crested ibises, a species of bird which were thought to have been long-extinct in South Korea, have hatched in the wild in the southern part of the nation.
This is the first time an ibis was born in the wild in South Korea, since 1979 when some were spotted in the demilitarized zone.
Two pairs of birds have given birth to a total of three nestlings and residents of Changnyeong County in Gyeongsangnam-do Province have their expressed their excitement.
"The ibises have returned again this year. It's great that we have newborns. We are taking extra care are using less pesticides on our farms."
In 2003, Changnyeong County kicked off a special project to foster and restore ibis habitats.
And, over the last two years, rhe project has released some 80 birds brought in from China into the wild.
Experts say the latest breakthrough was achieved thanks to the cooperation of the villagers.
"The residents played an active role in protecting and making a livable environment for the ibises."
According to experts, released ibises show a sixty-two.five percent survival rate.
The county said it plans to raise the survival rate by putting together a special monitoring team of some 300 experts and by expanding the project moving forward.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.