Going to the zoo is usually a nice family trip out, or something you do with your friends. It’s usually fairly calm, you see the animals – hopefully with them in their own enclosure – and have some fun!
However, a Chinese zoo had other plans for the visitors a couple of days ago. A red-crowned crane was flying over the tiger enclosure when there was a gust of wind. This gust sent the crane right down into the tiger enclosure, which was mostly covered, which meant the crane couldn’t escape easily.
It didn’t look good for the crane when three of the tigers started to move over to it to kill it, but the crane wasn’t going to take any of it.
In what was a massive surprise to everyone who was watching, the crane did some fancy moves which some said looked as though they were from ‘Kung Fu Panda’, and kept the tiger back.
However, the crane wasn’t going to just leave it there. It then continued to chase the tigers round and round, until the zoo keepers opened the doors for the tigers to be able to escape. With the tigers safely out of the way, this allowed the zoo keepers to get the crane back to where it should’ve been, with minimal injuries from the fight.
It’s just as well that the crane could defend itself, as the red-crowned crane is reportedly one of the rarest cranes in the world, being known for luck, longevity and fidelity. They are also surprisingly big, and not too far off a tiger with some of them measuring up to 1.5m tall, and up to 1.5m long. With it’s wings fully out, they can stretch to over 2m as well, and so you definitely wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of one of them.