Endangered Bird Snapped Commuting In Tokyo Train Station

Story By: Lisa-Maria Goertz, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

Surprised social media users shared photos of a rare endangered bird which they argued looks remarkably similar to a typical stressed commuter in the middle of a busy Tokyo train station platform.

The rare happening was captured at the Shinjuku Station in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, one of the busiest train stations in the country, according to local media.

The images were shared on social media where they received almost 3,000 shares and almost 8,000 likes.


Netizens identified the bird as a Japanese night heron (Gorsachius goisagi), a species found in East Asia.

The night heron, which normally inhabits dense, damp forest, breeds in Japan and spends its winters in Indonesia and the Philippines.

The species has become endangered since 1970 due to deforestation which has meant the loss of its home.

One local newspaper compared the bird to a shaggy looking businessman who lost his suit and briefcase.


Amused social media users joined in, posting comments about the bird’s funny-looking appearance.

One user wrote: “It’s a person who exited the station and magically transformed into a bird.”

Whilst another netizen joked: “That face of confusion when you think you’re going to the west exit of the station but you wind up at the east exit.”

And another one commented: “This is the same face you see on any other people from the countryside in Japan who come to Shinjuku Station for the first time!”

According to local media, experts have confirmed that the bird is an adult because of the markings on its feathers and that its appearance in the station might be down to its natural habitat being destroyed or experiencing trouble during migration.

Reportedly, the Japanese Environment Ministry commented on the incident saying that it is a wild bird and if seen should not be approached.

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