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For the first time a red-crowned crane became a patient of the Rehabilitation Center “TIGR”

21 july 2020
This weekend a chick of the red-crowned crane was brought from Evreiskaya province to the Rehab Center “TIGR” in Primorye. WWF Russia and the staff of the Rehab Center took care of this Red Listed bird.

Local people have found the chick in the field, brought it home and immediately informed about the foundling to the regional wildlife service. Right after that the appropriate request was sent to federal agency of Rosprirodnadzor to receive the permission to place the chick to the Center “TIGR” for rehabilitation and preparation for further release into the wild.

The crane was transported from Evreiskaya province to Primorye in a specially built wooden box
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
According to Viktor Kuzmenko, head of the Rehab Center “TIGR”: “The crane was in a good health, people took care of it and we were regularly in touch on the phone, giving advice on feeding. These birds prefer fish, frogs, mice and mixtures of grain. We were more worried about the transportation, because cranes are very sensitive for overheating especially in summer. A wooden transporting box was specially built and over the night the chick was delivered to the Center. It’s the first case when we take care of the red-crowned crane. Our main task now is to prepare the chick for existing in the wild on its own, provide all conditions for the bird to get strong, learn to fly and ready to survive after the release, which will hopefully happen in August - early September.”
Judging by the appearance of feather and legs, the chick is about 1,5 month years old, it’s weight is 2,5 kilograms, normal for this age. Medical examination and X-raying showed that its legs are absolutely fine and after a couple of days after recovering from stress of transportation the crane will be placed from a closed cabin to the open enclosure which is now under construction with the support of WWF Russia.
Medical examination is carried out by Anna Serdyuk, WWF Russia, and Yulia Stoyanskaya, Rehab Center
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
According to Anna Serdyuk, senior coordinator on protected areas at WWF Russia Amur branch: “It’s important that the crane was timely transported to the Rehab Center. Cranes as well as storks very easily become attached to humans. This should be avoided so that the bird could survive in the wild. Such contact in the Center is minimized. Red-crowned crane is a very rare bird, it breeds slowly – usually only one chick survives, even if there are two eggs in the nest. Under these conditions every chick matters. We believe that after the rehabilitation the baby crane will meet its flock and increase the crane population. It will be a great present in the Year for Cranes – 2020.”
However, experts do not exclude that the baby cane’s parents are alive, and people did not have to pick it up and carry home. In fact, unlike storks, cranes build nests on the ground, and during the first week chicks walk and graze in the wild with their parents. Adult birds could be nearby, they just didn't show up.
Viktor Kuzmenko, head of the Rehabilitation Center "TIGR"
Rehab Center "TIGR"
As Viktor Kuzmenko explained: “Not all little fellows in the wild need to be “rescued”, for example crane chicks, roe deer and red deer calves. In case you encountered a cub, this does not mean that it is left alone. Probably, the mom is somewhere nearby and she will definitely find it. You should better not disturb it and leave.”
Red-crowned crane
Vasily Solkin / WWF Russia
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