Sad News about Bryce

Operation Migration hates to be the bearer of sad news, but we also want to keep our readers informed. This morning we learned that parent-reared Whooping Crane 70-16, also known as ‘Bryce’, had to be euthanized at the Louisville Zoo. 

You may remember our report on February 7th that Bryce had been found tangled in a fence and was unable to fly. Then, on February 9th we reported that Bryce had been transferred to the Louisville Zoo. 

The Zoo has concluded that Bryce’s injuries were too severe to expect a recovery so they had to make what must have been a most difficult decision. 

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil February 22, 2018 9:11 pm

    May Bryce fly with the angels and may his spirit teach those of us left on the ground how to fly even in times when it hurts.

    • Mindy February 23, 2018 12:06 pm

      That is beautiful Catherine..thank you

  2. Sue McCurdy February 21, 2018 9:27 pm

    That is so sad. I am very sorry.

  3. Maggie Turk February 21, 2018 8:57 pm

    Not the outcome we wanted but I guess we have to accept it and start grieving like we do when we lose a “friend”.

  4. Dana Courtney February 21, 2018 7:34 pm

    Sad day for our whooper population. Safe journeys to others!

  5. Dorothy N February 21, 2018 7:16 pm

    This comment applies to the post about the trio of eagles.

    I observed this nest last year and was very saddened when Hope disappeared. I don’t know if her body was ever found. I remember that the two males successfully fought of other attackers a few days after the first attack. I’m glad the “Valors” are back again with a new mate.

    Guys should take note that both of the Valors eagerly take on responsibilities for both housekeeping and child care duties. Maybe that’s why they have a way with the ladies!!

  6. Sandee Kosmo February 21, 2018 6:53 pm

    Oh, no. I had such hopes for his recovery to live a full life and educate others. May Bryce Rest In Peace.
    Thank you for keeping us posted.


  7. Cheryl Murphy February 21, 2018 5:06 pm

    Fly high sweet bird. I’m so sorry you didn’t recover. There is a hole in the sky.

  8. Rolando February 21, 2018 4:19 pm


  9. Lindi Allen February 21, 2018 2:57 pm

    I am so sorry, had hope he would have been able to live even if in captivity .

  10. A Burke February 21, 2018 2:55 pm

    Sad that he had to be euthanized, but grateful he didn’t die alone in the fence.

  11. Patricia Hakanson February 21, 2018 2:54 pm

    🙁 My heart breaks for Bryce and all of OM, and everyone involved. Such a sad loss. Fly free sweet whooper <3

  12. Yvonne Moore February 21, 2018 1:53 pm

    So sad. That had to be a very tough decision.

  13. Mollie Cook February 21, 2018 1:45 pm

    Oh no that is so sad & unexpected. The last report I read said that he would likely remain in captivity but injuries were not life threatening.
    What happened??

    • Mindy February 23, 2018 12:08 pm

      Yes, I would like to know too Mollie…Heather, even if he could not recover flight abilities, couldn’t he have been kept at the zoo? I don’t understand that. Can you find out more?

      • Heather Ray February 24, 2018 7:57 am

        Hi injuries were simply too severe and complicated and he could not walk or even stand without a large degree of pain. Rest assured the decision was not made without great consideration and thought.