After the Class of 2007 had reached their Florida release pen, the winter monitoring team got worried about Crane #735. She stopped flying. Her records showed that she didn't do well after being handled during banding and check-ups. Early in the migration she had a droopy right wing for several days, but got better after some rest and pills. Now she was having trouble opening her wings. The team watched her carefully, and doctors stepped in. Before long, the young crane's future changed. What happened?

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