NZP Receives Japanese Chickens

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Shigenobu Shima, representing Japanese Ambassador Sadao Igushi, presented the Secretary of Defense with a male and female Japanese onagadori, a long-tailed chicken. The chickens were named Martha and George by Defense Secretary Wilson because they arrived on Washington's Birthday.


National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch spells name "Sabao."
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1954, p. 106-107
  • TORCH, March 1955, p. 4.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


February 24, 1955


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