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Snap the crane

  White Blue Yellow - Snap

Special preparations are being made for one of this year's cohort - White Blue Yellow - nicknamed 'Snap'.

Back in July, Snap crashed into one of the decoys within the Slimbiridge pen during routine 'dog-aversion' training and broke his wing.  The wing was pinned whilst the bones healed, and he had to remain at Slimbridge whilst the other 19 birds were transported down in late August. He was moved to the release pen in Somerset in mid September with the view to release him after a few weeks.  Over the next month his ability to fly was monitored, but sadly it was not steady or confident enough to allow his safe release.  With the Somerset aiviary now getting wet with winter's approach, plans are being made to transfer him back to a special aviary at Slimbridge where he will receive physiotherapy on his wing in anticipation of a possible release later in the winter. 

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Damon’s role is to act as the hub of the project - making sure everyone involved knows what is going on and that it is all running smoothly. He is also responsible for project community awareness work in Somerset, construction of the release enclosure, and running the post release monitoring work in Somerset.  Damon works alongside the RSPB reserve teams in Somerset.