Two Sightings of Northern Bald Ibis in Middle East Bring a Spark of Hope

Efforts to save the Middle East?s rarest bird have been boosted by two chance sightings of the species 1,500 miles apart.

Northern bald ibises were seen last month in the Jordan Valley for the first time in 13 years, as well as, for the first time ever, in Djibouti in east Africa, raising hopes that the species? numbers are not as low as scientists thought.

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Updated: February 17, 2012 — 7:38 pm

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