Flying For Survival
Travel delays have plagued passengers flying in and out of Gainesville this week, but a group of fine feathered friends had no issues coming in for a landing this morning in Dunnellon.
The whooping crane chicks instinctively followed an ultra-light aircraft, that they think is their mother, across the country from Wisconsin.
It's a trip that started in October and has brought the birds and the pilots who guide them together over time.
Even though it was a chilly North Central Florida day, hundreds of people came out to catch a glimpse of the emotional fly over.
From Dunnellon, the cranes will eventually end up at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River.
At the end of their journey the cranes, and their guide pilots will have traveled over 1200 miles.
In the spring they migrate back to Wisconsin on their own.
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