A Washington Post report on the fabulous whooping cranes proffers a helpful suggestion as to how Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama, once liberated from the White House glitz, can integrate themselves back into the American mainstream—don bird suits!
The birds are reared by conservationists in bird suits that conceal their human features. The birds become conditioned to follow the suited handlers.
On the migratory route, the cranes follow a small plane flown by a pilot in a bird costume. The cranes think the small glider-like ultralight plane is another bird. The flock flies 25 to 50 miles a day. Once the route is flown, the birds can make the return flight on their own.
(January 10, 2012)
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