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I should be sequenced because...: Because we were led to extinction in the UK in the 17th century, it would be a very nice gesture for the UK scientists to sequence us.
I am a relatively large bird (my wingspan is about 90 in), blue-greyish in colour so as to be able to hide from my enemies easier. I was able to swim and run with my parents on the very next day of hatching out and started flying after just two more months.
I am a close friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger who in the film Predator used the technique that us cranes use quite regularly. We cover ourselves in mud to mix with surroundings and escape predators.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Tall, stately and quiet
What's it like where you live?
Marshy, boggy, reedy and quiet wetlands are just perfect. It is harder for the predators to see me and reach my nest and there is a source of water nearby.
What's your favourite food?
Fruits, cranberry, blueberry, cereals and roots
What's your family life like?
Most of my time I spend with my significant other and our young. Though, we unite with other cranes during the migration. It was more common to spend time in groups when we were younger. Now it is just my partner for life, as is customary between the cranes. We care deeply about our children and do not fly ourselves until they have learned how to do it.
Are you endangered or threatened by anything?
The major threat is posed by humans that reduce the number of places where we can build our homes. This forces us to live in dangerous areas filled with eagles, boars, wolverines and foxes, who hunt us and our young.
What's the best thing about you/interesting fact?
I am one of the highest flying birds (30 000 ft), an excellent dancer and quite popular among writers and media people (from Doctor Crane in The Book of the Long Sun to Crane in Kung Fu Panda)