Owner Says Exotic Bird Escaped

African Crowned Crane found in North County


The owner of an exotic bird found wandering around an Encinitas neighborhood has come forward after seeing reports about his bird on television.

The African Crowned Crane, called "Cranium", was found wandering around in the 2400 block of Calle San Clemente by a resident who had been walking her dog, according to the County Department of Animal Services.

The crane, which was hanging out in the woman’s driveway, honked at the woman and startled her.
The woman coaxed it into her garage and called the County Department of Animal Services.

Animal control officers say the African Crowned Crane is normally found in the savannas of Africa.   
The owner, whose home is not far from where the bird was found, said the pet bird got out of his yard on Saturday.

The species is not regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game or the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, according to Animal Services.

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