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Jakarta Post

Polish white stork hatches in East Java zoo

  • Nedi Putra AW

    The Jakarta Post

Batu, East Java   /   Sat, November 30, 2019   /   07:16 pm
Polish white stork hatches in East Java zoo A Polish white stork was born at Eco Green Park, in Batu, East Java, in August. (JP/Nedi Putra AW)

For Europeans, the white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a symbol of luck and fertility and around 30 percent of the bird species in the wild lives in Poland.

However, Eco Green Park, a nature park and zoo in Batu, East Java, has succeeded in hatching a white stork egg naturally.

Polish Ambassador to Indonesia Beata Stoczyńska has expressed her delight at the happy nest.

"We are very happy with the birth, as it shows that this animal can adapt outside its habitat, to hatch and survive in a country with a tropical climate," Stoczyńska said when visiting Eco Green Park on Friday.

Stoczyńska said although the Polish national bird is the white eagle, the white stork is also special for Polish people. The birds often nest in chimneys and they are regarded as harbingers of spring.

"Besides, the bird's white feathers and red beak resembles our national flag," she added.

The white stork chick, which hatched in August, has been named Katjek. With the latest addition, the Eco Green Park now has a total of seven white storks.

"Katjek is a term for a young Polish boy," Stoczyńska said, although it is not yet known whether the young stork is female or male.

The ambassador also said giving the white stork to Eco Green Park was a symbol of friendship between Poland and Indonesia. (gis)