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Japanese Crane

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The red-crowned crane is the world’s tallest flying bird, not only beautiful, but symbolic of longevity, good fortune, healing and hope.

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Only 2500 remain in the wild.  Loss of habitat, pollution, and collisions with utility lines are among the causes of the species’ decline.

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The story of 12 year old Sadako Sasaki’s attempt to make 1000 origami cranes, after falling ill with radiation sickness caused by the Hiroshima bombing, has also made the bird a symbol of the wish for nuclear disarmament and world peace.

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