Endangered stork hatches in wild for the first time in 40 years

Twenty years ago, Oriental white storks were extinct in Japan. But a captive breeding program started in 1985 (thanks to a donation of six birds from the Soviet Union) has started to pay off. This week, the first stork chick born of an egg laid in the wild hatched in western Japan -- the first natural birth in that country in more than 40 years. Its parents were released into the wild back in September.

Full story: Endangered stork egg hatches in wild.