Whooping Cranes vs. Garter Snake

*warning: if you’re at all squeamish you may not want to watch.

On the way back to the pen yesterday, following a 3-hour outing, the cranes happened upon a large garter snake in the grass.

You may recall number 3-17 has some experience with snakes now after he ate his first last week so he took the role of lead snake wrangler, while the others occasionally had a nip at it. Watch to see how it ends for the snake and who gets the prize…

Thanks to Colleen Chase for capturing on video.

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  1. Kate Crook August 20, 2017 6:16 am

    Loved the video. It is so good to see them being able to forage on their own
    There is an article by Jerry Uhlman in the September-October Bird Watchers; Digest. It describes the time he spent with you in 2011.

  2. FFMN August 19, 2017 10:26 am

    Yuk! Wonder if crane could feel it wiggle for a bit before…….. Blah )

  3. Barb August 18, 2017 8:54 am

    Nice video. Looks like everyone had a great lesson on how to wrangle lunch!