A whooping crane flies out of the nest to feed. The bird remains one of the rarest in the world.
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The once thriving population now only has one flock in the wild.
People love rooting for the underdog, which might help to explain the popularity of the charismatic whooping crane - often considered an icon for endangered species, and a poster child for habitat restoration.
Standing at around 5 feet tall, with a wingspan of over 7 feet – they are the tallest bird species in North America, and live for an average of over 20 years in the wild.
Whooping cranes have been around for a staggering 60 million years, and are one of the few living relics of the Pleistocene-era megafauna.
In 1941, the number of these large, majestic birds dropped dangerously low, with only 16 individuals remaining. The odds for their continued survival looked grim.
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