Update on Whooping crane #7-12

Last month we reported that Whooping cranes 4, 5 & 7-12 had finally turned up in Wisconsin after leaving the St. Marks NWR in March. Included in the report was news that it appeared number 7-12 had sustained an injury to her left foot.

Brooke visited with her a couple of times to acquire some good quality images, which we hoped would allow International Crane Foundation veterinarian Barry Hartup to have a good look at it and if necessary determine a plan of action. Barry’s advice was watch and wait and to not intervene, unless her condition deteriorated.

So while several ICF staff and Brooke visited her occasionally to watch and wait, her two flockmates decided to move on to nearby Dane County.

Thankfully, watching and waiting have paid off! ICF’s Hillary Thompson checked on 7-12 last Friday and reports that she was walking with no limp and appears to be doing just fine now. ::insert sigh of relief::

Whooping crane 7-12

Even though she had a swollen foot, 7-12 could still fly. Here she is just about to take off.

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7 Comments

  1. Margie Tomlinson May 22, 2013 11:53 am

    Thank you again so much for the update on #7-12. So glad to hear, and see, that she is doing better still, and hope she makes a full recovery, so she can make little chickies for us to enjoy someday, too.

  2. Karen Anne May 22, 2013 10:45 am

    Yeah! I agree, she needs a friend now.

  3. Lori (loriearn) May 22, 2013 9:49 am

    Wonderful news!!! Whoop!!

  4. deegs May 22, 2013 9:07 am

    whew!! great news, but too bad that she is now on her own. Hope she finds some good friends

  5. Kathleen Kaska May 22, 2013 8:36 am

    Thanks for the update. Glad 7-12 is healthy and doing her bird stuff.

  6. Lisa Saunders (Whoopers Away) May 22, 2013 8:31 am

    HUGE sigh of relief. Thank you, Mother Nature!

  7. Patricia Ewing May 22, 2013 8:14 am

    Great news! Thank you for letting us know.