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A Newborn Sandhill Crane is Welcomed to the World By His Mama and Sibling

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A Florida photographer based in Melbourne captured the first moments of a baby sandhill crane being born. Ursula Dubrick posted the video on YouTube and entitled it "Miracle of Birth."

As you can see from the video below, once the fluffy newborn fully emerges from his shell, he stumbles a bit at first. But he is soon welcomed by his mama and sibling.

Raising Cranes is a Family Affair:

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, baby cranes can begin traveling with their parents just 24-hours after hatching. A mother sandhill crane normally lays two eggs that incubate for around 32 days. The cranes are monogamous and live for up to twenty years. The cranes' courtship consists of jumping, wing flapping, running, and dancing. Both mates work together to build their nests out of grass, moss, and sticks. Both mates also participate in incubating the eggs. Young sandhill cranes can leave their parents at about ten months old. Bonding between pairs of cranes begins at about two years old.

The Two Types of Sandhill Cranes in Florida:

According to the Brevard Zoo, Florida is home to two subspecies of sandhill crane: the Florida sandhill crane, which is non-migratory, and greater sandhill cranes that winter in Florida but nest in the northern United States. Greater sandhill cranes make their way to Florida in November and December, doubling the sandhill population in the state at that time. They then leave in March and April.

In recent years, the cranes have suffered a loss of habitat. The cranes' range has diminished because their breeding populations have disappeared from parts of Texas, Alabama, and Louisiana. The Florida sandhill crane is designated as a threatened species by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.

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