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Friday, December 1, 2017

How the crane got his red head and long legs

From Wikimedia Commons: A Native American (Cree) legend tells about a young rabbit who wished to ride the moon, and only a crane was willing to take him there. As Rabbit hung to the Crane’s legs, his weight caused them to lengthen, which is the reason for cranes having such long legs. Also, gripping the crane’s legs so tightly caused the rabbit’s paw to bleed. When they reached the Moon, Rabbit touched Crane's head with a bleeding paw, leaving the red mark cranes wear to this day. And according to the legend, on clear nights, Rabbit can still be seen riding the Moon.

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