The endangered bird species, the black-faced spoonbill, suffered from botulism. After being treated by the Endemic Organism Research and Conservation Center of the Council of Agriculture, it has gradually recovered.

(The picture is provided by the Special Education Center)

[Reporter Xie Jieyu/Report from Nantou] Since the beginning of winter, there has been drought and little rain. There have been reports of black-faced spoonbill botulism poisoning in Tainan Qigu Reserve, and they have been sent to the Council of Agriculture's unique biological research in Jiji Town, Nantou County. The Conservation Center (referred to as the special birth center) has further treated. According to the statistics of the special birth center, in the past half a month, there have been as many as 8 black-faced spoonbills that have been poisoned. All the black-faced spoonbills have gradually recovered, and one of them was successfully released back to its habitat in Tainan, which excited the medical team in charge.

The black-faced spoonbill is a very rare bird species in the world. It is listed as an endangered animal protection. Every October, it will fly from South Korea and Northeast China to the Tsengwen River mouth in Qigu, Tainan, Taiwan. The above-mentioned 8 black-faced spoonbills After a botulism poisoning accident, the Tainan Bird Society first sent it to the nearby Mercy Animal Hospital for anti-toxin serum, and after confirming that there was no danger of life, it was transferred to the Wildlife First Aid Station of Nantou County Tesheng Center for further treatment. Afterwards, the center will evaluate its recovery status, and then conduct wild training and return to nature.

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The Special Health Center pointed out that botulinum toxin is widely distributed in nature, and it likes to grow rapidly in an environment with no oxygen, high temperature, and rich nutrient sources (such as animal and plant corpses in the bottom mud of a water body), and produces neurotoxins. Or ingested directly, it will cause symptoms such as sluggishness, paralysis, and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, it will be fatal. Because this year's winter has been dry and less rainy, research and judgment may cause the amount of botulinum toxin in its habitat to become stronger, and then it will be derived. The occurrence of this poisoning incident highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy habitat environment, which deserves attention from all walks of life.

The black-faced spoonbill, an endangered bird species, was sent to the Endemic Organism Research and Conservation Center of the Council of Agriculture due to botulism.

(Information photo, provided by Tainan Bird Club)