Monday, June 13, 2011
SF Rec and Park Welcomes Bella Home
Injured swan at Palace of Fine Arts returns home after six weeks at Point Reyes
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today the return of Bella the Swan, she recovered from her injury and returned to her home at Palace of Fine Arts. Bella now joined her brother, Blue Boy, sister-in-law, Blanche, and little niece, Martha for a family reunion.
“We are thrilled that Bella is back on her feet,” said Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “We are so proud of how the Swan Family has grown and nurtured under the care of our RPD staff and volunteers.”
On April 28, 2011, A RPD volunteer swan caretaker found Bella by the Palace of Fine Arts lagoon with an injured webbed foot. Immediately, the volunteer transported the swan to Animal Care and Control (ACC) for initial inspection and care. Soon after, in collaboration with ACC, RPD connected with SF Zoo and helped to transport Bella to Zoo for veterinary care and treatment. Bella
arrived at the zoo and was diagnosed with a fracture on her left webbed foot and a possible infection. Since then Bella stayed at her birth home in Point Reyes during the healing process.
While Bella was away, Martha, the baby swan (also known as cygnet) was hatched on Memorial Day at the Palace of Fine Arts. RPD staff and swan volunteer caregivers continue to ask the public to be respectful and view the swan family in distance so that the swans can be protected and not disturbed during family bonding.
In 2003 the City of San Francisco and the Maybeck Foundation formed a partnership to seismically upgrade the Palace of Fine Arts. RPD celebrated the completion of the restoration early 2011 when Bella and her swan brother Blue Boy joined Blanche the swan at the Palace of Fine Arts. Today, Palace of Fine Arts continues to be a popular park, where visitors and residents come to picnic, stroll, jog, take pictures, or just watch the swans sail gracefully around its lagoon.