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A Blended Family

George Sydlowski captured this unusual family in Michigan. These adult Sandhill Cranes have been seen tending to a Canada Goose gosling (left, yellow plumage) alongside their own chick (right, brown plumage). We don’t know why this pair adopted the young gosling. Both species will nest in similar habitat, and both chicks hatch fully feathered and start walking soon after. So far the “siblings” seem to be getting along well.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology