WHOOPING CRANE CHICK: DAY 06
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
chick comes from a fine family. These are his grandparents. The crane
closest to the camera is his grandfather, 02-64001. The female behind him is
his mate, 02-71001 The third bird is their two month old chick. 02-64001 is
making sure that the photographer doesn't get too close to his family.
He's a very protective father.
02-64001 was the first whooper to live at Patuxent, and he's also the oldest. He's 36 years old. He was hatched in the wild in Canada, but was injured when he was as young as the chick in this picture. He had broken his wing and couldn't fly. He was rescued by biologists. His name is a combination of CANada and the U.S. He's a living symbol of the history of cooperation between our two countries to save the whooping crane. 02-64001 is the father of 02-85001, our chick's mother. He is the foundation of Patuxent's breeding program and has grandchildren living wild in Florida today. 02-64001 and his mate raise a whooper chick every year.
In the pictures on the left, 02-64001 performs some classic whooper threat displays. Even though he was raised in the wild, 02-64001 has never been afraid of humans. In crane language, he is telling other birds -- or in this case, the photographer -- that they'd better leave his territory.
Check on our chick tomorrow!
At around 40 days of age our chick will grow feathers that are
cinnamon and white in color, and he'll have black wing tips.
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cool facts each day.
We plan to let you know the outcome of the voting for the chick's name on Monday!
Hatch Day (Click on numbered links to view other egg (negative numbers) and chick days).
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