Crowned cranes are known to be territorial birds particularly when it comes to defending their eggs, though a recent video shows their aggression in these circumstances can be foolishly brave.
While in the Masai Mara Tayla McCurdy from South Africa, spotted a crowned crane which had laid its eggs in an open area left with little choice, but to stand up to a herd of elephants she was convinced were going to trample them.
“I cannot say for sure if this is a male or female crowned crane, as both genders sit on the nest during breeding season.” McCurdy told LatestSightings. “The elephant seemed rather bemused by the situation and remained curious as to why the bird was flapping its wings. Various alarm calls did, in fact, seem to work at the beginning, as the bird kept launching forward, flapping wings and calling in defense of its nest. Eventually, the elephant became rather irritated and tried to push the bird away with its trunk…”
Things reached a real peak when the crane turned its attention to a baby elephant that happened to be grazing nearby thereby triggering the attention of fellow elephants.
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