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Rare young crane found dead from accident in Buri Ram

Dec 14. 2017
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By The Nation

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A young Sarus crane, which was under a project of the national parks department to bring back cranes to Buri Ram, has been found dead, apparently hit by a vehicle.

As a result, Pinsak Surasawadee, deputy director general of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, on Thursday urged motorists to drive slowly and carefully on the Nang Rong Buri Ram road, also know as highway No 218.

The crane was found killed at 9.30am on December 10 in a rice field in Tambo Khok Ma in Buri Ram's Prakone Chai district.

He said the crane was born on August 15, 2017 from parents under the department’s “Sarus Crane Returning Home Project”. The program was begun in 2011 and the parents were released to the wildlife sanctuary in Buri Ram in 2012.

Pinsak said the bird was killed by an impact to its chest, probably caused by being hit by a car or flying into a power pole.

He asked that motorists drive with caution on the Nang Rong-Buri Ram road, which cuts through the crane habitat set aside for the project.

Sarus cranes are native to swamp areas in Buri Ram, but had declined in numbers for over 50 years before the department started the conservation project. So far, the department has released 82 Sarus cranes to the wild as part of the project.

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