A Break in the Weather

Yesterday morning provided good weather conditions and allowed for Brooke to train with six of our seven young Whooping cranes. Our only male crane this year, no. 4-14 developed a limp yesterday morning so he stayed behind in the pen to not stress the injury further. He was examined yesterday afternoon by Dr. Barry Hartup from the International Crane Foundation and the UW Veterinary Care – University Wisconsin, who determined the injury to be involving the soft tissue surrounding his right hock joint, so he’ll be on the disabled list for at least a week to allow it to heal. Number 4-14 will be on a week long regime of medication to help alleviate pain.

Dr. Hartup believes the injury occurred when a strong storm passed through the area early Monday morning. The cranes have a habit of getting excited in windy conditions and leaping in the air. Chances are he landed wrong and jarred the leg.

Despite the downtime due to recent poor weather, all the girls did great flying with the aircraft and logged over 15 minutes of air time. Four seemed to even find the sweet spot behind the wing where they get the benefit of riding the vortices that spill off the wingtips. In addition to those watching the action LIVE on the CraneCam, they also had a feathered audience of two adult Whooping cranes to witness their great progress.

Cranes 4-12 & 5-12 watched from the north end of the training strip and seemed impressed with the ladies.

Tom Schultz captured the following images for us to share with you.

Four of the Whooper ladies fly with Brooke.

Four of the Whooper ladies fly with Brooke.

Brooke passes out the grapes as a reward for a job well done.

Brooke passes out the grapes as a reward for a job well done.

Our only male Whooping crane has somehow sustained a soft tissue injury involving his right leg.

Our only male Whooping crane has somehow sustained a soft tissue injury involving his right leg.

In case you missed it, here’s a clip showing all the action!

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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3 Comments

  1. M L Walsh aka maxgreenwing August 28, 2014 3:32 pm

    Thank you for the video. I have been missing training. Really appreciate seeing them fly 🙂

  2. Patti Hakanson August 27, 2014 9:42 am

    Our “Peanut” will be just fine in a few days with the amazing team that cares for them, and the meds!! We are all sending healing prayers to you little boy! Enjoy your”rest” as soon you have a long journey ahead! <3

  3. Shepherd August 27, 2014 8:53 am

    Sweet male #4 green – bless his heart. I remember 2013 –
    the little male was #9 green – number later change due to new band.
    And I remember Miss Pris blue #8 – developt a limp – and with meds she was fine in a couple days.
    Ah memories