Drought threatens only surviving whooping cranes
Wednesday, January 11 2012 @ 10:40 AM EST
Contributed by: jkr
By Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
FULTON TEXAS - Raising its slim, white neck out of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, one of the world's last surviving whooping cranes hungrily searches a Texas marsh for the blue crabs and berries it devours during its annual migration to the Gulf Coast.
The high-protein diet is supposed to sustain North America's tallest bird through the winter and prepare it for the nesting season in Canada. But this year, the state's devastating drought has made food and water scarce, raising worries among scientists that the parched conditions could threaten the only remaining flock of cranes.
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