Posted: Feb 12, 2014 11:26 AM
Updated: Feb 12, 2014 11:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - A whooping crane is recovering from surgery at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
It's one of two endangered birds found shot Friday in Jefferson Davis Parish. The other whooping crane died.
The recovering male bird had surgery on Sunday morning after two fractures were found. He is receiving antibiotics and pain medications. Doctors say there is a high risk of infection because the fractures were open, but the bird is recovering well from surgery so far.
The whooping crane is an endangered species.
They were once native to Louisiana and are part of an ongoing effort by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to restore their population and provide sustainable habitats.