MORE – meet the Class of 2013!

We’re thrilled to introduce to you Whooping crane chicks 3-13 and 4-13!

Chick number 3-13 hatched on May 15th and while it appeared at first that he/she may have had a slight vertebral issue and splayed legs, this youngster is getting along just fine with tiny splints taped to each leg to help strengthen them and the vertebral issue turned out to be nothing – whew!

whooping crane chick with splints taped to legs.

Notice the splints taped to the the legs? this helps to keep them straight as the chick develops and will eventually be removed.

Number 4-13 hatched a day later on May 16th and is doing great. Both of these little fluff balls will be introduced to the wingless aircraft this morning, just as chicks 1-13 and 2-13 were a couple of days ago.

whooping crane chick sleeping

Pictured is crane chick number 4-13 mere hours after hatching, which is a very tiring process for the young chicks. Number 4-13 is sporting a tiny white legband which makes it easier for the crew to tell the chicks apart as they grow.

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  1. Claire DeLand May 23, 2013 5:27 pm

    *sigh* Such happy Whoopy news . . . it’s so nice to hear good news and see your first baby pictures, little ones. You do our hearts good and we wish you so much good luck and happy years of flying and making other people as happy as we all are today!!

  2. Lori (loriearn) May 23, 2013 4:19 pm

    Our precious new chicklets – what could be more adorable??? (other than f100’s more of them)

  3. Kay Haimerl May 23, 2013 12:00 pm

    News that makes my day ! Thank You for taking time to post!!

  4. Margie Tomlinson May 23, 2013 11:17 am

    Thanks for the up-date on #3-13, Heather; and, “Welcome to the World”,too, #4-13! So glad to know everybody is doing well now!

  5. Ruth Mitchell May 23, 2013 10:42 am

    The good news just keeps rolling in!!! Welcome to our world 3-13 and 4-13!!! We love you already!!

  6. Deanna Uphoff May 23, 2013 8:35 am

    Yeah yeah! Whoop whoop! Looking forward to a great year!