ENCINITAS — An African Crowned Crane found wandering in a residential area of Encinitas over the weekend is now safe at County Department of Animal Services.
The Crowned Crane is normally found in the savannas of Africa and is not a migratory bird.
“The obvious question is, ‘How did this bird end up in Encinitas?’” said Dawn Danielson, Director of Animal Services.
On Saturday, an Encinitas woman who lives in the 2400 block of Calle San Clemente returned home from walking her dog and found the striking bird in her driveway.
The crane honked at the woman, startling her, but she managed to coax it into her garage and call Animal Services.
Animal control officers responded and took the bird to the County’s shelter in Carlsbad.
After doing some research, the animal control officers determined the bird was an African Crowned Crane.
This species is not regulated by either the California Department of Fish and Game or the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
If an owner is not located, Animal Services will look for an accredited organization such as a zoo or sanctuary that would be willing to accept the bird.