A black-necked swan is missing from one of the city’s pens in Lakeland, authorities said.
The pen’s screen enclosure even has a top to protect the baby swans. Because of the protection offered, and a physical examination of the scene, officials believe a person and not a predator is responsible.
“I’m not ruling a predator out. However, a predator you would have seen chaos. You would have seen, you would have seen some things evident of a predator, feathers, blood, swan pieces, didn’t see any of that,” said the city’s spokesman, Kevin Cook.
Dr. Patricia Mattson and the Companion Animal Hospital have partnered with Heartland Crime Stoppers to offer a reward of $3,000 for the swan’s safe return.
City officials estimate the value of the Black Necked Swan at $4,000 but say it would be difficult to keep the young swan alive at this stage of its life.