Initial weight being taken after rescue of crane
This adult sarus crane was rescued from a field where it was found grounded, unable to fly. It was exhibiting symptoms of seconday poisoning due to pesticides in the farms. It was very dehydrated and was very light in weight when it came to us.
It was treated for poisoning along with some supportive care and fluid therapy for almost a month. She was being tube-fed high energy fomula food as for the initial week, it refused eating on its own. Later, however, it started eating its natural diet of a mixture of grains and lentils. We continued the food supplements until it was completely fit for release.
This crane was then shifted in the flight cage where it gained enough practice and stamina to fly well. It was finally released back in nature inside its home range.
Sarus cranes are large, elegant cranes at 152-156 cms. They are listed as vulnerable as per IUCN red list, with decreasing population trend. The main threats are a combination of loss and degradation of wetlands, as a result of drainage and conversion to agriculture, ingestion of pesticides, and hunting and killing of adults for various reasons. Saving every individual bird is important for conservation of species and we are glad we are able to contribute to this!
We are grateful for your support!
Fluids being administered with supportive care
Standing alright after treatment
Treatment of sarus crane
Sarus crane at release site just before release
Sarus crane released in natural habitat