Posted: Feb 9, 2012 8:50 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A young whooping crane is recovering after surgery to repair a broken shoulder bone.
State Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Sara Zimorski says the crane spent almost a week isolated at White Lake in southwest Louisiana after the operation at the LSU veterinary school.
She says veterinarians checked the bird last week and found her in good enough shape to move back to the main pen with 15 other young birds brought there in December. Zimorski says the bird's still not flying, but is moving its wings well and eating well.
Javier Nevarez, a wildlife veterinarian at LSU, says the bird had a broken coracoid (KOH-ruh-koyd) bone - a strong bone that helps anchor the shoulder and wing.
He says surgeons attached a $500 metal plate to keep the bone stable.