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Just found Sand Hill crane with compound fracture.... on Paar Dr.

On Paar at the entrance to the Sanctuary. He was down as if on his knees and I had never seen that before. I stopped and went back around, pulled up slowly and he stood up..OUCH, looks like it broke at the knee and the bootom bone popped thru the skin. The bottom bone is now riding up along side the leg. Bone is very Dark, almost looks like it happened a while ago.

I called the wildlife rescue in Palm City. They always use the local city, etc. to do the rescue, Unfortunately PSL is closed, so the message tells you to call 911, I did and then they contact them. She said someone can or will be out soon as possible.

I guess it depends upon who is on call etc. Anyway, headed back over to keep an eye on him and others away. Even if it cant be fixed, he can be put down humanly and not eaten by whatever, or coming to a stop on a fire ant hill....

But who know, I think they should be able to put in a permanent brace. Heck, that should be all he needs. I felt so sorry when i rode past and seen hi/her by them selves when you ALWAYS see them in 2's n 3's... I will download spell check later... :)

Poor Bird....


  • Captain DaveCaptain Dave Posts: 3,392 Captain
    You live at Sanctuary? I'm right across the lake from you. Hope the crane is OK, they're like our pets here.

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  • GT FishGT Fish Posts: 9,448 Officer
    Put it out of it's misery..They are tasty i hear.. "Ribeye's of SKY"
  • pupraiserpupraiser Posts: 10,261 AG
    Don't let Fletch take care of it.
  • HeatwaveHeatwave Posts: 1,997 Captain
    You live at Sanctuary? I'm right across the lake from you. Hope the crane is OK, they're like our pets here.

    Dave, No I live on Gettysburg... It Barry, Pipe-Light.... I just went over there again and its still there. I have been giving it bread, there is water in the creek. I called 3 times already and this last time 10 minutes ago the 911 dispatch said that animal control told them they have tried to catch it but it flies away.
    I don't know about that since it is still in the exact same spot. Maybe it is going 20 ft. then turning around. But there is (I think) only one lady on duty (call) today and most likely that is the extent of there responsibility during the weekend.

    You can ride around and see him. I took a picture of him break, but I am not putting it up. Looks bad. Poor **** will probably get eaten tonight by ants or a gator, or a fox.... I feel sorry for it and by tomorrow I will be throwing a cast net over him.

    He sure likes that bread. 4 slices already.... :)
  • HeatwaveHeatwave Posts: 1,997 Captain
    Well, Animal control just called and said we have to let him be. He can fly, and probably that is where he was when he was hit, hurt and his her mate was. So he will hang out there. The rehibilatation place wont take them with that broken leg and as long as he can fly, he can get away from trouble. They leave them alone in this situation, the leg will fall off, and he will live fine. He said many do.... Very informative...

    I was also toldthat giving him some food was fine, but not anymore or he wont go find his own.... I hope he is gone from there so I dont have to see him again... Its heartbreaking...
  • islandlure31islandlure31 Posts: 54 Deckhand
    Maybe try Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, (561) 575-3399, we have taken animals to them in the past. Good Luck
  • Captain DaveCaptain Dave Posts: 3,392 Captain
    Thanks for the info Barry. Hate hearing that, but it's part of nature unfortunately. Surprised the vultures haven't zeroed in on it yet, unless they are afraid of sandhills.

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  • Roc N RolRoc N Rol Posts: 1,352 Officer
    Kind of funny, we hook fish and fight them till we catch them or they get away. If we catch them we jerk the hook out, sometimes ripping out the gills. If they are not what we want, we through them back to die or be eaten by other fish, the ones we want we through them on ice and let them kick around in the box on ice till they sufficate slowley and give high 5's like we have no feelings. Watch out and dont get to close, I have read about hunters that have grabbed them after shooting them only to have them kick there a$$ with there feet and bills. To bad there is not a hunting season for them here, I would like to try them.
    Not sure I agree with the info that it will be fine. Where I lived in FP I saw a couple of them missing limbs, one missing a foot and one missing a leg just below the knee. They were always alone and seemed to be shuned by the others that were feeding in the yard. Nature will take care of it soon enough and it will be caught by a ****, fox or gator and be a good meal for something.
  • HeatwaveHeatwave Posts: 1,997 Captain
    There is a huge season for them in Texas. Slightly different and a little smaller I think. But it is a Big deal there to hunt them. I think it matches the way we hunt Geese on the Delmarva pen.... Nothing like it.. I loved it so much and miss it...

    As far as being fine, you could be right. Where it is located I dont think anything wild will get to it. The area for you to compare it would be like it laying on easy street at one of those new stop sign roads. About that much traffic, but absolutely no where near the wilderness easy street has... I just hope it is gone from there soon so I can forget about it...
  • baiterjoebaiterjoe Posts: 307 Deckhand
    We have a matted pair that hang around our house and last year the male showed up with his leg nearly severed off below the knee, we also called everyone in the book and were told there is nothing they could do. Its been almost a year now and the leg has actually healled on its own other than a small limp he seems to be doing fine. Good luck
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