Taipei, A traffic lane in the Hsuehshan Tunnel had to be temporarily closed Tuesday after a wild bird was found trapped in an emergency parking bay, according to the Pinglin Traffic Control Center.
The problem was caused by a little egret, a common wading bird, that had managed to find its way into the tunnel.
The outer lane of the tunnel bound for Taipei had to be temporarily closed so that maintenance workers could get to the bird and help release it back into the wild, the Pinglin center said.
The incident was reported at 1:27 p.m. and traffic was slightly affected, although the inner lane remained open to motorists traveling to Taipei from Yilan.
According to the control center, twolane traffic was resumed at 1:55 p.m.
The closure because of a bird problem was a first for the Hsuehshan Tunnel since it opened to traffic some 13 years ago.
Reports of the incident quickly spread on social media, with some posters slamming the Pinglin Control Center for restricting traffic over a "bird problem," although there were also sympathetic commenters who praised the traffic authority for carrying out the rescue.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel