Wild crane follows the man who saved his life everywhere
(ORDO NEWS) — The Indian has become something of a celebrity in his home state of Uttar Pradesh thanks to his unusual friend, the wild crane, who follows him everywhere he goes.
Mohammed Arif, 30, a harvester operator from the village of Mandka in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, was working in the field last February when he saw an injured sarus crane.
He was bleeding from one leg and seemed to be in great pain. The man picked him up and carried him home, where he began to care for him.
It took time, and the crane fully recovered. Only instead of flying away at the moment when he was released, the majestic bird remained next to his benefactor, accompanying him everywhere.
“The bird’s right leg was bleeding badly and I could see it was in a lot of pain,” Mohammed said of the day he met his feathered friend.
“Without thinking, I picked it up and brought the bird home.
I smeared medicine on his leg and put on a band-aid, securing a bamboo stick and covering it with bandages.
I have an outhouse, a tin-roofed shed where a bird was kept.”
While recovering, the bird interacted with poultry in Arif’s yard while he was at work, but when the man returned home, she immediately approached him, asking to be hugged and shared food.
By April, the bird, named “Bachcha” by Arif, had made a full recovery, but she refused to fly away, preferring to stay close to her best friend.
“Since then, life has not been the same,” Mohammed said. “Now, wherever I go, the sarus accompanies me like a family member.
When I’m at work, driving a combine, the bird walks through the fields, and then we have lunch together before returning home in the winter.”
The Indian said that in winter other sarus cranes visit Bachchu and they play together, but while they eventually fly away, his feathered friend is always left behind.
Sometimes, when Arif leaves home on his motorcycle, the crane flies with him and is able to keep up at speeds of 30-40 km/h.
“My job takes me to different places and I enjoy the views that my Baccha and I get when we drive 40-50 km a day,” said Arif.
Interestingly, the crane only looks at Mohammed Arif, the man who cured him. Although Baccha has been with his wife and children for more than a year, they do not dare to approach him.
Whenever his wife tries to get close to the bird, or even bring her food, the crane will attack, keeping her at a distance.
Wildlife experts describe the relationship between Bacca and her human savior as highly unusual, as sarus cranes are known to be the least social crane species.
They are defensive when nesting and can be very aggressive against intruders that get too close.
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