**** Photo by Marty Folk ****
Whooping cranes, like all wild creatures, must defend themselves occasionally. The photo shows a whooper poking a calf on its nose to make it back off. During night time, whooping cranes try to roost in a shallow river or lake to help protect themselves from predators like coyotes and bob cats. During day time they can hold off some predators with their sharp beak. Or they can make high jumps or fly.
Whooping Crane Conservation Association www.whoopingcrane.com