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Photo Journal: Dance of love

Japanese cranes, a designated special national natural treasure, dance on the snow in the village of Tsurui, Hokkaido, in this recent photo. At "Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary" operated by the Wild Bird Society of Japan, workers feed the cranes as part of conservation efforts. People from home and abroad visit the sanctuary to take photographs of the dancing cranes that fly in from the nearby Settsuri River, where they roost. As many as 200-plus cranes visit the sanctuary daily. The birds' "season of love" will last through the end of February, when the cranes frequently perform mating dances. (Mainichi)

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