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Annual swan roundup held in Lakeland

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Grown men armed with nets in motorboats prowled the waters of Lake Morton this morning. They weren't shooting an episode of National Geographic. They were participating in the city of Lakeland's 33rd annual swan roundup.

"We generally try to do this once a year," explained city worker Nathan Geiger.

"We catch the swans, and the vet comes out the next day, and does just their yearly check ups," he said.

The city of Lakeland currently has 16 baby swans, called cygnets, and 71 adult swans, which will all be seen by a veternarian.

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"With the cygnets, the vet will come in, she'll microchip them to keep records of their health, and the adult birds, we'll weigh them, measure them, give them their annual innoculations, and if she sees anything that needs to be checked out she'll look into it further," said Lakeland's director of communications Kevin Cook.

Lakeland adopted the swans as the city's signature. The bird appears on city signs, city letterhead, even on the city's website.

The original pair of swans that started Lakeland's flock was donated to the city by the Queen of England back in 1957.

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