Will the love of red-crowned cranes despite distance of 1,000km be able to hatch eggs?

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-12 10:14:55
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▲ This photo, provided by Cheorwon county, shows "Cheorwoni" and "Sarangi." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Cheorwon county, shows the eggs that failed to hatch. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Cheorwon county, shows the couple living in Cheorwon. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, May 11 (Yonhap) -- "Cheorwoni" and "Sarangi," a red-crowned crane couple famous for their love despite a distance of more than 1,000km are drawing attention from the residents as this year, they had eggs in Cheorwon county, Gangwon province.

According to Cheorwon county on the 11th, after seeing Sarangi (female) lying down at the crane shelter in the DMZ Crane Peace Town in Yangji-ri, Dongseong-eup, two days ago, it was confirmed that two eggs were laid on the grass in the center of the field.

Usually, red-crowned cranes build nests and perform a mating dance as they mate. However, such activities were not seen, making the news even more unexpected.

Their story goes back 17 years.

In 2005, a female red-crowned crane was rescued with a broken wing. In 2018, a male red-crowned crane with a frostbite on its legs and beak was rescued.

While the female red-crowned crane underwent surgery for the three complex fractures in her right wing, her muscles and ligaments failed to heal properly, disabling her to spread her wings.

These two became a couple in the winter of 2019 after they were moved to the shelter. Later, on April 11th and April 13th, the female red-crowned crane laid two eggs.

Although the couple took turns incubating the eggs while waiting for them to hatch, the chick did not come out.

After the Cheorwon county named the male and female red-crowned cranes "Cheorwoni" and "Sarangi" respectively, they tried to send them back to the nature.

While Cheorwoni flapped his wings to go together with Sarangi, Sarangi couldn't fly in response.

In the end, Cheorwoni flew away alone in June of that year.

When people thought that their relationship was over, five months later, Cheorwoni came back and returned to the shelter not forgetting about Sarangi.

When one checked at the record of the GPS (Global Positioning System) device attached to Cheorwoni's back, it was confirmed that it flew more than 1,000km from China, passing by North Korea to come back to Cheorwon.

It has been checked that after summer in China, it returned back to its wife.

"Cheorwoni has not moved north and was staying around its wife since the winter of last year," Kim Su-ho, secretary general of the Cheorwon branch of The Korean Association For Bird protection said. "I hope that the eggs will be successfully incubated and hatch a beautiful chick next month."

He added, "If the chicks are hatched safely, they will become the first red-crowned cranes in Korea to successfully hatch eggs in a natural way."

The red-crowned crane, a natural monument and endangered class II animal, is known to spend the rest of its life protecting its mate.

Cheorwon county is making a taxidermy of the eggs and the nest of the couple that was made in 2020 inside crane shelter in the DMZ Crane Peace Town. It is also producing a documentary video of their affectionate story, which is being used for education.


(This article is translated from Korean to English by Haemin Kim.)




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