1253 GMT November 21, 2019
Abundant food and mild, proper weather attracts the only surviving bird one of its kind. The migratory bird entered the area one month earlier this year. In 2017, Omid nestled down in Iran’s north on December 21, and in 2018, it came on November 21, IRNA wrote.
An official with the Environment Department of Mazandaran Province told the news agency that though the lonely bird has come to the region one month earlier, this is still not considered an early migration.
Korous Rabiee said everyone is taking care of Omid and nothing threatens it in the northern province, adding that shooting of migratory birds is banned in the wetland where the crane is going to pass four months and the rangers of the department will monitor it every day.
Though Omid has lost its mate, Arezoo, he has kept coming to the area in the past 12 years. Of course in 2009 and 2015, he did not show up, and the environmentalists got worried about his absence.
The Siberian crane flew a long distance of 5,000 km from its original habitat in Siberia to Fereydunkenar, passing over Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan before making it to Iran.
It normally stays in the area for four months, but last year, it left after 97 days.
In the past, there were three types of the bird in the world. One key genus has already become extinct, and Omid is the last one of its kind. The Eastern type, which includes some 3,000 cranes, breeds in northeastern Siberia and settles at the Poyang Lake in the Lower Yangtze River Basin in China during winter.