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For thousands of years the crane has been regarded as a sacred bird and a symbol of happiness and long life.
An impressive characteristic of the crane is its graceful dance – especially in the mating season – when, neck outstretched, it performs a series of jumps and elegant glides. Chinese and Japanese ceremonies have attempted to imitate the movement of this majestic bird, whose call quite resembles the blare of a trumpet.
In ancient prints the crane was depicted holding a stone in its foot, the legend being that the crane was “on guard” and should it fall asleep, the stone would drop and awaken the bird. A portion of this purchase benefits the work of Amnesty International for human rights all over the world.