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Conservation group needs donations to take care of injured crane

The chick being fed a mouse The chick being fed a mouse
WHITEHOUSE, OH (Press Release) -

A Sandhill Crane chick from Williams County that had been attacked by a dog was admitted to Nature's Nursery Monday, Aug. 11 for emergency medical care. 

The chick was suffering from multiple puncture wounds, spinal trauma and was unable to stand on its own.  Nature's Nursery staff has been caring for the young chick; providing it with rest, medication and physical therapy. 

The biggest challenge to the crane's recovery, according to staff and consulting veterinary professionals, was to get the animal to eat. It was provided with many appropriate options, and its favorite was discovered to be mice, smelt and earthworms. 

Unfortunately, Nature's Nursery lost a large regular donation of mice and rats earlier this year. The chick is eating over 20 mice a day, in addition to the earthworms and smelt, which must all be purchased by the center. 

As the chick continues to recover, its appetite will likely continue to improve, meaning an additional drain on already dwindling resources. The center relies on the support of the community and staff say they are in dire need of operating funds, especially following the particularly hard winter that presented many unpredicted challenges on resources, combined with the loss of the food donation. 

As of Friday, Aug. 15, the chick stood on its own and was able to take one step. Staff say they are confident it will be able to be returned to its parents upon full recovery, as soon as possible. They will work with wildlife professionals to make that happen when the time comes.

Nature's Nursery is not open to the public for tours, but will be having an open house on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 1-4 p.m. at Blue Creek Conservation Area. Visitors will be able to tour the center, learn more about it, purchase Nature's Nursery merchandise, speak to staff, enjoy educational talks and demonstrations about native wildlife and even meet some of the animal ambassadors up-close.  There will be refreshments and activities for children.  The event is free of charge. 

Visit the Nature's Nursery website to donate or learn more about the open house.

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