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Taiwan is an island like no other. Sitting abreast the Tropic of Cancer, this small slice of Asia hosts tropical beaches, misty forests and icecapped mountains. Life here is secretive and scarce, divided between the warm lowlands of the west, and the soaring mountains of the east. But during spring, as the snows recede on Jade Mountain and cherry blossoms paint the landscape pink, Taiwans unique creatures let-loose in a riot of life. In the warm lowlands, a splendid pair of Formosan blue magpies attack anything that approaches their nest, and squirrel-away excess food in preparation for the insatiable chicks that are about to hatch. The magpies share their forests with bizarre land-dwelling crabs and a troupe of rock-macaques, nursing babies of their own. These monkeys have their own way of safe-guarding excess food: storing it in expandable cheek-pouches like chipmunks! On the high...
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