Whooping Crane Kids: Learning Life's Lessons
The costumed handler dips the bill of a crane puppet into a bowl of water, then into a dish of crane-crumbles. (The crumbles have everything a growing chick needs.) The crumbles stick to the puppet's bill and the chick pecks the food off the bill. Soon the chick will follow the puppet bill to the food or water. Next, it will wobble over to the dish to serve itself.
As the chicks grow, the handler and puppet lead them into their natural marshy habitat in search of food.
in the Wild
During the summer, family groups spend their time in the shallows of small ponds and marshes. The parents gather foods such as dragonfly larvae, tadpoles, frogs, crickets, and bits of larger prey, such as snakes and mice, to feed to their young.