'Please save baby white-naped crane' says farmers of Cheorwon

연합뉴스 / 2022-06-23 14:15:18
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▲ This file photo, shows, white-naped crane (Yonhap)
▲ This file photo, shows, white-naped crane (Yonhap)
▲ This file photo, shows, white-naped Crane (Yonhap)
▲ This file photo, shows, white-naped crane (Yonhap)



SEOUL, June 23 (Yonhap) -- Korean farmer are working hard to save a crane who was left behind.

Amongst herds of egrets and grey herons looking for food In the middle of the plain field of Cheorwon which is located in the central part of the South Korean Peninsula was a bird with noble figure. White-naped crane is not only an endangered bird but also one of the natural monuments of South Korea.

White-naped crane flies over 2000 km from Siberia to Cheorwon to spend the winter and returns back to Siberia during March to repopulate.

What caused this white-naped crane to stay behind?

After examining through the lenses of camera researchers found out this white-naped crane still have its grey feathers, indicating it’s still a baby. For some reason, the baby white-naped crane was left behind by its parents.

The farmers around the scene were sad to see a baby bird which was left alone. One of the farmer stated “Judging by how the baby bird can’t fly far away from the wild dog’s it must be injured.” adding “Despite our effort to get the bird off from the field it returns back after a while.”

Farmers have stopped using the pesticides because it might harm the poor little creature; also they have minimized the usage of lawn mower in case of potential stress it might cause to the white-naped crane.

However, as the farming season approaches, concerns of the farmers are getting deeper due to the usage of pesticides. Without using the pesticides there will be 20 percent decrease in total amount of rice being harvested.

Adding on to the problem, despite of environmental group’s effort to capture the White-naped Crane Cultural Heritage administration returned their request by “Unless it is severely injured chance that we will capture the white-naped crane is very unlikely.” The white-nape crane is classified and protected as one of the natural monuments of South Korea.

Therefore, farmers plan to sustain the environment until the seasons changes and the white-naped cranes return to the fields of Cheorwon. Farmers have decided to call it project “Rice which saved the Crane”.

According to the project, farmers will produce clean organic rice within the 6 thousand meter squared field and farmers even named the white-naped crane “ssam tong” (translated) and plan to make character products out of it. Also, rice harvested from the field will be sold under the name of “Rice which saved the Crane”.

In order for the project to succeed, they need donation and help from either Nong Hyup or corporations. That is because in order to preserve the income of the farmers participating in the plan, the price of the rice needs to be increased due to reduced amount of rice being harvested lead by stopping the usage of pesticides on the field.

“Although, it is one of the natural monument of Korea, white-naped crane is being threatened of its existence. Leaving it abandoned due to the lack of regulations is a dereliction of their duties.” adding ”We will do our best in order to come up with the most tangible plan to keep the white-naped crane safely until this fall.” Announced, Choi Jong-soo the vice president of Cheorwon Crane Operational Council.

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Joonha Yoo.)



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