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Photo Journal: Hawking for tourists

Young female Harris' hawk Chiyohime takes flight at Himeji City Zoo in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, in this recent photo. Chiyohime is being trained as part of the zoo's efforts to revive traditional hawking. The Japanese name for a district near Himeji Castle means "hawker neighborhood," hinting at the area's history, and the zoo hopes reviving the art of hawking will draw in curious tourists. Chiyohime turns 1 year old this month, but can already fly to a trainer's arm from about 100 meters away. If Chiyohime continues to progress, she will eventually make her performance debut alongside her trainers, the latter dressed in traditional Japanese garb. (Mainichi)

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