LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – The first black-necked swan cygnet successfully hatched with an incubator in the City of Lakeland was stolen from one of the city’s pens along Lake Morton early Thursday morning.
According to spokesman Kevin Cook, the baby black-necked swan was last checked on early Wednesday evening, around 7 p.m.
Thursday morning, around 7 a.m., the bird was not in its pen.
Cook said black-necked swans are worth between $3,500 and $4,000.
There are currently two black-necked swans in Lake Morton, a mating pair that laid eggs.
The social swans tend not to sit on their eggs, which is they were taken to be incubated.