Endangered whooping cranes released into the wild

All About Animals

POSTED: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 3:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:00am

An endangered species is making a comeback here in Louisiana.

Over a dozen whooping cranes were released back into the wild by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

This is the second group released into the Whitelake Conservation Area this year in Vermillion Parish.

Under 600 of these birds are left in the world, and wildlife officials say getting those numbers up hasn't been easy.

"We're very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring them back to Louisiana. It's part of our natural heritage,” stated Robert Love, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “The birds have significant challenges making it on their own with predation and disease and learning to adapt to the environment, and we certainly don't need to throw more obstacles their way with people shooting them or harassing them."

In March of this year, a group of ten cranes were released and only three survived; two of those original ten were shot by kids.

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I caught this morning morning’s minion, kingdom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.

Vermilion is spelled with one l not two.

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