Olympic Games 31.10.2011,Lammaskoski, Ruottala, Tornio.
Got a call some weeks ago that there was a crane that couldn`t fly in one field. Today it was in a good place at least to try to get it caught. Sneaked through forest to a good place. We had a plan to drive it towards me so I could caught it without running. Unfortunately it noticed me too early.
Adult crane, even with wing broken, is really fast runner - faster than Usain Bolt in a wet field with rubberboots on - I`m sure. Luckily I did have Sylvi with me. It reached crane after 150 meters quite easily and jumped around crane until I did get there - all broken & tired & heart pounding in my head:).
We packed crane to a cardboard box and sended it with a bus to Ranua Zoo where they willingly take care of injured animals.
BTW My friend Petri succeeded to attach satellite transmitters to cranes that flew to East-Africa. And that was not coincidence. Professional, I`d say. And new knowledge...As a child I`ve read that Finnish cranes spend their winter in Egypt and in East-Africa but there has not been this much proof for that.: