Friday, September 16, 2011

Today at the TCAAP WVA, I saw Swans

Swans DSC_1265 by Mully410 * Images
Swans DSC_1265, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
I got word from the environmental specialist for the Arden Hills Army Training Site (she manages the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area too). She got a good look at the swan that looked like it had some sort of dangling thing from its jaw. I've been watching that swan all summer and was very curious as to what the heck was going on with it. I suspected it got tangled in some plastic or fishing line.

She got a good look at the swan and determined that it has some sort of injury to its lower mandible and its tongue is the dangling thing. Obviously, it can eat or it would perished long ago. It is also able to preen and otherwise keep itself clean. She's going to talk to some swan specialists to find out if its worse the stress to the swan to capture and rehab it or if it should be left alone. I'll keep you posted.

I'm pretty sure neither of the two swans in this photo are the injured one. I zoomed in real close on the computer and didn't see the injured one. Haven't seen the cygnet in weeks...

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