Crane leaves Silt for new home |

Crane leaves Silt for new home

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colo. ” A male Greater Sandhill Crane that was housed at the Schneegas Wildlife Foundation near Silt has flown to a new home.

Temporarily at least.

The crane received media attention because it was raised by a rancher near Nucla for three years, where it was fed cat food and raised as a pet. For now, the bird is nesting at the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Frisco Creek wildlife rehabilitation center near Del Norte, until a suitable home can be found.

“Basically the Silt facility figured out that the bird couldn’t be trained to go into the wild again,” said DOW spokesperson Joe Lewandowski. “We will hold it until it has a permanent place to go.”

That may be a short wait according to Lewandowski. He mentioned that the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, which currently has other cranes, has already shown an interest in the sharp-beaked bird.

However, there has been no commitment from the zoo as of Thursday. Public Relations and special events manager for the zoo said that it is still a matter that has to be decided on by several people.

“We do have an interest in it but we don’t have a commitment yet,” Anglum said.

The matter has to be decided by the zoo’s president and animal committee, and will also have to pass veterinary tests to ensure the health and safety of other animals housed at the zoo. The decision could happen in as little as a few weeks but no timeline is certain according to Anglum.

In the meantime it will enjoy its flight cage at the DOW’s facility where it has plenty of room to roam.

“It follows the caretaker around like a little puppy,” Lewandowski said.

Last Wednesday the crane made the trip to Del Norte from the Schneegas Wildlife Foundation near Silt, where it’s called home since March 22.

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