Parent-reared Whooping crane #70-16 aka “Bryce” was found last week tangled in a fence. He was taken to the Liberty Nature Center in Pulaski County, Kentucky, where it was discovered he had, at one time, a break in his wing, which had since healed but formed a large calcification, preventing him from flying.
This young male crane was initially held back at ICF when it was discovered he had sustained an injury to a wing. Once treated, he was released in Marathon County, WI, however, he failed to migrate south so he was captured and transported to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in north Alabama.
The following spring, he began heading north on his own and flew to Hardin County, TN for a few days then flew about 250 miles northeast to Knox County, KY where he spent the summer, fall and even part of the winter before he was discovered last week tangled in a fence.
The fate of this crane is, as yet, unknown but he is doing well at Liberty Nature Center with a steady diet and medical care.
The Species Survival Plan coordinator is working to locate a longer term place to hold him but he will very likely be placed at a captive breeding center.
Have a look at the video accompanying this article about Bryce (#70-16).