• I:st prize.
  • 2:nd prize.
  • 3:rd prize, almost disqualified after dropping to a ditch & walking on the track.

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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.

www.ranuazoo.com/English/Summer/Front_page.iw3

Thanks to Hannu for taking the pics.

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.:
www.satelliittikurjet.fi/ruvas/ruvas_2011_gmap_engl.html
and
www.satelliittikurjet.fi/outo/outo_2011_gmap_engl.html

Copyright © 2011 Matti Suopajärvi. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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  1. ml_thorsteinson 41 months ago | reply

    Thank you and your Sylvi for doing what you do!

  2. Marjelii 40 months ago | reply

    Hienoa, pelastajakaksikko Matti ja Sylvi!

  3. The Lady of Shalot 40 months ago | reply

    Excellent job, Matti - and, most of all, Sylvi!!!

  4. Aegolius 40 months ago | reply

    Nice job, not everyone can say they've held a crane let alone had one almost in their pocket! Congrats to your helpful little bird dog!

  5. mattisj 40 months ago | reply

    @aegolius: Well...it didn`t fit to the pocket. Actually crane is the most difficult bird to hold that I know for it`s aggressive use of legs & bill...luckily I have not been forced to hold Ostrichs:)

  6. Crotach 40 months ago | reply

    Good work - fascinating links to tracking of the cranes also; thanks for sharing.

  7. szefi 40 months ago | reply

    Nice to see you in front of the camera as well and what a heart-warming story. Your love of nature shows on your face and the way you hold the crane, as well as in all your photos.

  8. *wildbio* 40 months ago | reply

    Great story!

  9. Baubo Bittern 40 months ago | reply

    LOL!!!!!! Matti, if you and your little wooly sheppard dog ever need a pet ostrich for training purposes ...
    Ostriches / Straussen

  10. mimbrava 40 months ago | reply

    Good for you for rescuing the bird, Matti. Give the pup a pat on the head.

  11. Fransois 40 months ago | reply

    Your photo touches me deeply

  12. glenfinlas 40 months ago | reply

    Excellent work on rescuing this injured bird. I found it difficult enough catching a sick barn owl so a long-legged crane must need a lot more speed. Well done Sylvi too - you played an important part.

  13. patdcrane 40 months ago | reply

    What a tale! So glad you were able to rescue the injured Crane. You and Sylvi make quite a team.

  14. Rianetna 39 months ago | reply

    hahaha, what a nice story!! Nature is always more powerful (and faster) than man :) Hope the crane will be ok!

  15. simo-otto 38 months ago | reply

    Upea juttu!

  16. NetteBini 38 months ago | reply

    Good photos and great work! I hope the crane lives a long and healthy life.

  17. Basse911 26 months ago | reply

    Hienoa työtä!

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