Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

A group of young cranes are trained to follow costumed technicians.

Most all the crane chicks raised at Patuxent are hand-reared each summer by biological technicians. Technicians wear white costumes with masks
that hide their human faces while teaching chicks to eat, drink, and forage.  The purpose of the costume is to prevent cranes from imprinting,
a kind of learning behavior, on their human caregivers.

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