Animals: Squawk

Long-necked Japanese cranes make a peculiar gurgling squawk. Near the crane pen in the Washington Zoo stands a pretentious apartment house whose residents have long been annoyed by the gurgling squawks of the Zoo's cranes—Japanese, Siberian, domestic. When Senator Edward Prentiss Costigan of Colorado moved into this apartment house, other tenants hoped he would be disturbed by the cranes, be awakened by one particularly noisy Japanese crane (named Anson) who squawked before dawn each morning. They felt sure that if Senator Costigan complained, something would be done to silence the cranes.

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