Baby cranes taught to fly by keepers dressed up as adult cranes

  • 13 August 2013
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How do you teach a baby crane to fly away from danger? Dress up like a mummy crane of course!

Lots of crane chicks are due for release from a wildlife centre in Gloucester next month.

And experts have picked an unusual way of showing them how to avoid dangerous dogs and foxes once they've been freed.

In the wild, just about everything a young crane does is learnt from their parents.

Because these eggs are hatched in captivity, there are no adults around to teach the baby birds.

So the project has to provide surrogate mums and dads for the young birds by dressing up as adult cranes!