Rare Egg Guarded 24 Hours a Day

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An egg that represents the first fruits of an ongoing British crane conservation project is being guarded 24 hours a day, according to the Guardian U.K.

The Great Crane Project launched in 2010, its goal to restore the population of wild common cranes that have been missing from U.K. wetlands for hundreds of years.

Now a nesting pair of cranes raised in captivity by the Great Crane Project has laid an egg - not only the first common crane egg laid for the project, but the first laid in western Britain in 400 years, according to conservationists.

"Cranes are an iconic part of British wildlife and one that was all but lost for centuries," said Nigel Jarrett of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. "There is a long way to go before cranes become widespread again, but it is absolutely momentous to see this egg laid at Slimbridge."

Video cameras and guards keeping a round-the-clock watch on the nest help protect against egg collectors. The practice of egg collecting has been outlawed for decades but that doesn't stop some collectors from raiding nests illegally.


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