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They're hatched and now live: ICF's Crane Chick Cam!

  • A Whooping Crane chick hatches at the International Crane Foundation.
A Whooping Crane chick hatches at the International Crane Foundation. (Joel Sartore )
May 21, 2012|By Curt Wagner | RedEye

The International Crane Foundation is giving everyone a chance to meet newly hatched Whooping Cranes with its CraneChickCam at the organization's website.

Usually access to the endangered Whooping Crane chicks raised at ICF is granted only to trained staff wearing crane costumes. With the cam, we can watch as staff members don crane hand puppets to work with the cranes. As I watch now, not much is happening. But I imagine it gets more interesting with costumed caretakers interact with the chicks.

As the site says, "You'll first see the young chicks in their runs, where they are kept warm and safe with heat lamps and a brood model to snuggle up to for security. As the chicks get older, they have access to their outdoor runs and later their 'chick yard,' where they strengthen their leg and flight muscles, learn about wetlands, and maybe even encounter their first grasshopper or two!"

If you go to the website, you'll find more about the chicks and the costumes staff members wear, as well as the plight of the endangered birds.


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