|Drawing blood to recheck 007. He is a great patient.|
On the other hand #008 lead levels have dropped more than we anticipated. He is still anemic, but less than when he was admitted which indicates his internal bleeding has stopped. He has a ways to go with the internal organ trauma and wing fracture, but gratefully the lead poisoning is resolving. He is a spirited eagle and just wants to get home as soon as possible. That is our plan for him as well, so we are on the same page. :)
|#008 is anxious to get home again. His lead level |
is coming down well.
Sunday Don and I drove to Plainfield, WI to rescue a Sandhill Crane that was behaving oddly. It turns out the crane had been kept as a "pet". He is very tame and either was released or escaped from the people that raised him. His wings were clipped. That indicates the humans in his life did not want him to leave the area.
It is illegal to keep native migratory birds without special state and federal permits, but even more troubling this beautiful male crane is imprinted to humans. That means he does not know he is a crane and will never be able to be free in the wild. We will look for placement in a zoo or nature park somewhere in the U.S.
We have had a problem in the Portage and Wood County areas for the past several years. It seems someone is taking either very young babies or eggs and raising the chicks as pets. The folks involved are likely well meaning, but do not understand that imprinting is a permanent situation with these species. From what we have been able to put together from past years, the cranes and geese are raised with large dogs as they are playful with dogs often to their demise. They are "released" after they are grown, but because they are human imprints they have no idea what to do. They are not accepted by the wild cranes. They end up coming up to people and dogs and even coyotes, which never ends well for them.
|This beautiful male Sandhill Crane was raised in captivity and went to people for food.|
|We are over-wintering ten Sandhill Cranes at REGI. |
The new guy is on the far left. His "brother" in in the foreground center.
|Our education red-tailed hawk has West Nile Virus blindness. |
She can no longer be in the wild,
but does a great job educating the public.
|Juliet is improving.|