A wounded Florida sandhill crane was rescued on Friday by SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team in Pine Lakes, Florida according to a SeaWorld press release dated Friday, May 31st and the SeaWorld Facebook page.
The crane was then transported to the park for further rehabilitation.
The bird was spotted in the woods with an arrow lodged through its torso by a concerned citizen. Upon arrival at SeaWorld Orlando, animal care experts took the bird into surgery for its injuries.
The crane is now in stable condition and will receive regular tube feedings, and continue to be monitored closely. The Florida sandhill crane is an endangered species and protected by state law.
So far in 2013, SeaWorld has rescued nearly 200 birds. In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most recognized programs to rescue ill and injured animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return them to the wild.
To report an injured bird or marine animal, contact the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cell.