Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Dangerously Tame Sandhill Cranes

We were at the driving range which was unusually busy last Tuesday when we heard an agonzied,  bugling cry.  A sandhill crane had been hit by a car.  All traffic came to a standstill and as I looked back at the row of golfers on the driving range, every single one of them stood mesmerized by the sight on the roadway.  Everyone looked solemn, sad, and worried.
I watched as the car that hit the crane slowly pulled to the side of the road and as drivers in nearby cars pulled over and got out to lend a hand.
Finally the driver who hit the crane turned around and joined the onlookers. 
And saddest of all, the injured crane's companions made their way to the victim.  Sandhill cranes mate for life so in my mind the first one over was his mate.  Then the rest of the flock followed. 

 They seemed to encourage the injured crane to get up and he tried.
  But it was hopeless.  Finally Animal Control arrived, wrapped a blanket around him, and took him away.

It's possible that the crane survives and that's my hope.  I try to think that he'll be rehabilitated and return to spend the rest of his life with his mate.  And that could happen although the odds are long.

But what impressed me most about the whole incident was the amount of caring and respect for these beautiful birds.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission starts its section on sandhill cranes as follows:   Sandhill cranes are cherished members of the Florida ecosystem. They stand almost 4 feet tall and their bugling or rattling calls are haunting and beautiful.  

That helps explain the reverence of the people I saw involved in this incident.  The sandhill cranes are legally protected but more importantly they are protected by citizen love and caring.  Even the traffic that moved through was slow and careful.  Everywhere you looked there was concern and caring.

Incredibly this entire incident actually told me more about the people who reside around Sanford, Florida than it did about the dangerously tame sandhill cranes.

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to know that there are caring people left in the world. You only hear the bad it seems. I hope he recovers and makes his way back here in another month or two.


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