When a video of a maid lugging a large bird around surfaced, many netizens not only applauded the maid’s bird catching skills but also began to wonder how on earth was this bird wandering about in the first place.
For context, the bird was identified as an African Crowned crane which is considered an endangered species native to eastern and southern Africa.
So the bird is definitely not a native animal that exists on this island.
Licensed Pet That Escaped From Home
It was revealed that the bird actually belongs to homeowners residing around the Thomson Road area during an interview with CNA
The bird had escaped when the owners had left their home gate open which led to their helper having to get the bird back home.
If you are wondering how the owners got the permission to own an endangered animal within their home, it’s because in 2012 the former Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) said it was legal to import and care for exotic birds.
Currently, the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) also listed on their website that the import or export of certain species are allowed so long as they fall under the correct CITES Appendice. These are generally species listed in CITES appendix ll and lll.
CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora which is an international agreement in place to ensure that wildlife species are not threatened to extinction by trade.
African Crowned Cranes in Singapore
Even though the crane is not a native species to the island, this isn’t the first time it was spotted in Singapore.
Since 2019, a crane has been spotted (sometimes in a pair) along Seletar Aerospace Road.
Last year, a crane was spotted too when it started to dance on top of a taxi driver’s car much to the driver’s amusement.
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