New England Wildlife Center
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A Second Chance instead of a Swan Song
By: zak
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This a picture of Dr. Rob and the Interns caring for a Mute Swan that was admitted to our hospital after being recovered in Worcester. The Swan was doused in a hydrophobic substance, believed to be vegetable oil and was suffering from lead poisoning. Our best guess is that it came from a restaurant or food establishment in the area and was somehow discharged into a public waterway. This type of exposure is dangerous for aqutic birds because the oil breaks the natural water proofing of their feathers, and will cause them to become hypothermic this time of year. Additionally, when they preen themselves to try and get rid of the oil they end up ingesting a lot of it, which can be harmful. The lead poisoning is a separate issue and is common in many freshwater birds, but can be very serious if not treated right away.

Our staff repeatedly washed him with grease cutting soap and warm water to remove the oils and he was then given nutritional support and cage rest. He is also receiving chelation treatment to neutralize and remove the lead in his system. Today we are happy to report that he is doing well, and we will keep you updated on his progress.

6 Comments to “A Second Chance instead of a Swan Song”

  1. Holly says:

    We have watched the babies for about five days no mother in sight have left dried corn and seed,and bread.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Holly, Even though it has been 5 days without you seeing mom that doesn’t necessarily mean the mom isn’t around. You can absolutely legally transport them to a wildlife center if they are orphaned. We are glad to help – we open tomorrow at 10. Just make sure they are really orphaned. Their best chance is with mom. If you can’t come in tomorrow just make sure you give us a call on the day you want to bring them. We fill up fast this time of year. Very best of luck :)

  2. Holly says:

    I see five orphaned swan babies want to rescue them. Would I get in trouble transporting them to a wildlife center?

  3. Katie says:

    I got the chance to meet this guy, absolutely beautiful !! Definitely is doing well ((:

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