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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) nest almost every year on a little island in a little lake in Yellowstone called "Floating Island". Immediately after hatching, the crane colts are taught to swim to the shore where they spend their days learning how to find food. At night though, the adults swim them back to the island. One adult stands guard as the other lays down and the colts climb on board and eventually settle down for the night. A sweet bedtime ritual they repeat every night until the island becomes just to small for the entire growing family.
Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) nest almost every year on a little island in a little lake in Yellowstone called "Floating Island". Immediately after hatching, the crane colts are taught to swim to the shore where they spend their days learning how to find food. At night though, the adults swim them back to the island. One adult stands guard as the other lays down and the colts climb on board and eventually settle down for the night. A sweet bedtime ritual they repeat every night...
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