Brooke sent along the following images taken this week. It looks as if socializing 101 is well underway!
The three youngest in this year’s cohort spend time together in the circle pen following the small aircraft, while the puppet dispenses mealworms.
Crane chick stand-off
Young whooping crane chicks basically want to kill each other so the handlers must keep a watchful eye at all times to break up any skirmishes.
Young 10-14 has her toes taped with tiny wooden splints to help them develop properly.
Meanwhile, the older chicks have been spending time in the ponded pen section at Patuxent. Geoff sent along this photo of our oldest crane number 2-14. Look how much larger than the others she is!
2-14v spends time foraging in the small pond.