Danger to the left, danger to the right. As it goes about its daily business of searching for fruits, seeds and invertebrates, the Izu thrush is surrounded by threats. Crows swoop in to prey on vulnerable nesting young. Even weasels, introduced to control booming rat populations, have ended up depredation nests. To top it all off, a volcanic eruption on the island of Miyake-jima in 2000 is still affecting the ecosystem. The Izu thrush has been declared a Japanese National Monument, but will that be enough to protect it from a multitude of dangers?
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