Bella the Swan Says Good-bye to Palace of Fine Arts

Thursday, June 16, 2011



Bella the Swan Says Good-bye to Palace of Fine Arts
After few days of family reunion Bella is ready to move on

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today Bella is moving to Petaluma, California.  Last Sunday, Bella returned to Palace of Fine Arts from birth home, Point Reyes where she was recovering from an injury to her foot.

While Bella was away, Blanche, Bella’s sister-in-law, gave birth to a baby swan named Martha. On June 12, Bella rejoined her brother, Blue Boy, sister-in-law, Blanche, and niece, Martha at the Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon.  Like many family reunions, feelings of resentment and anger soon surfaced.  There was sibling rivalry and bickering. To prevent Bella from becoming the unwelcome aunt who overstayed, RPD staff and swan volunteer caretakers found Bella a vacation home in Petaluma.

Though the RPD staff and volunteers tried to assist the swans adjusting to the new family dynamic, they recognized that it is not uncommon for the new parents to become protective of the baby swan and aggressive toward outsider.  In order to ensure the swans’ quality of life would not be jeopardized, RPD staff and volunteers thought the separation would be best for now.

“I hope they can at least enjoy visits over the holidays.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager.

RPD staff and volunteers 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.  Blue Boy and Blanche are expected to have more cygnets next spring.

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