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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

TRANSPORT

TRA unveils new lunchbox

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday introduced “Baby Tree” boxed meals, a new lunchbox oriented at passengers who are vegetarians. The railway operator said the new boxed meals are scheduled to go on sale at Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung railway stations, as well as Wuri (烏日) Station in Taichung, at 12pm tomorrow, when the nation observes Tree Planting Day. Each station will sell only 100 of the vegetarian lunchboxes, it added. Different from vegetarian lunchboxes the TRA has sold in the past, the Baby Tree lunchbox features more vegetables, such as apricot abalone mushrooms, ginkgos and small tomatoes, as well as kumquats. People who buy two Baby Tree lunchboxes will receive a Baby Tree coin bank, the TRA said.

NATURE

Video shows buzzard feast

The Taipei Zoo on Monday released a video of crested honey buzzards feasting on a hornet hive at the zoo. The video first shows an intact 1m-long hive, hanging from a tree in the zoo, which keepers said had been there since last year. Then a buzzard pecks at pupae and eggs from the hive, with the interior exposed after several buzzards attacked the hive, leaving a large hole. The zoo said the buzzards did not attack the hive until early last month. One buzzard was caught on video eating from the hive with his body upside-down. The zoo said it was the first time it has captured the rare birds feasting on a hornet hive on its premises. To counter the hornets’ defenses, the buzzards attacked as a group, taking turns assaulting the hive or creating a diversion so that other birds could attack. Researchers said the birds used to pass through Taiwan each year with other migratory birds of prey.

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