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'Brexit refugee' receives grand welcome in Beijing, poses for photographers [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2019-1-11 15:06:46 |Display all floors
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The rare spotting of a European Robin – a bird native to the UK and large parts of Europe – near Beijing Zoo has surprised ornithologists and other bird lovers.

Crowned as the national bird of the UK after an extensive nationwide ballot in 2015, the Robin attracted a large swarm of photographers and onlookers, who braved the prevailing cold wave to witness the majestic bird.

The European Robin was last sighted in the Chinese capital in 2014, perching in the city's Temple of Heaven Park. Buoyed by the colorful orange-brownish bird posing enthusiastically for photographers, bird lovers at the zoo instantly indulged in finding a suitable name for it.

Since the Robin was elected as the national bird a year before the Brexit referendum and arrived in Beijing when the UK is finalizing the deal, the crowd unanimously decided to call it the “Brexit Refugee.”

“European Robins are rare in China, occasionally seen in the far west in Xinjiang. This is only the third ever in Beijing,” Terry Townshend, director of Eco-Action, told CGTN.

“This individual probably lost its way on the migration route but can probably survive in Beijing. They're hardy birds that can brave cold weather.”

Though birds have a strong sense of direction, sometimes a few of them turn up in unusual places. It is difficult to ascertain why.

Strong winds or bad weather also forces birds to go off course on their migration route. At times, they just try out new destinations.

“There is a theory that some are 'programmed' to go a different way as an insurance policy if the usual winter grounds have a problem,” Townshend added.

With excitement running high to catch a glimpse of the “Brexit Refugee,” photographers and selfie aficionados are trying their best to get the optimal shot.   

Ornithologists have cautioned photographers not to scare the winged guest and follow the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) code of photography. (CGTN)

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Post time 2019-1-11 16:18:28 |Display all floors
Some birds are born majestic robins just like some humans are born imbecile knights.

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Post time 2019-1-11 16:52:28 |Display all floors
Have fun little fella
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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Post time 2019-1-11 16:54:10 |Display all floors
Nature exhibits its SUPREMACY!
At times, human brains could just theorize so as to fit the action!
Human beings are still far from understanding NATURE!

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Post time 2019-1-11 17:29:51 |Display all floors
Interesting

This is an interesting event. It is good to see interest in vanishing nature.
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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Post time 2019-1-12 08:58:06 |Display all floors
petera Post time: 2019-1-11 17:29
Interesting

This is an interesting event. It is good to see interest in vanishing nature.

Hopefully old Robin is not in the sights of a CAT
Human lives mean nothing when the western warmongers see a bigger gain through war

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Post time 2019-1-17 08:50:36 |Display all floors
Round Up is good for developing the mind

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