Wendesday, June 1, 2011
SF Rec and Park Celebrates the Birth of Swan Baby Martha
A new swan star is born at the Palace of Fine Arts
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced the birth of Martha, the baby swan today. She is otherwise also known as a cygnet. Martha just hatched on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 at the Palace of Fine Arts. The RPD swan volunteer caregivers named her, Martha.
“We are so excited and thrilled to have Martha as part of the Rec and Park family.” said Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “We are thankful for all the love and care that our staff and volunteers provide for our animals.”
RPD is still waiting to see if Martha may wind up with some brothers and sisters as there are still three eggs in the nest. At this time, if they do not hatch in time they are likely to be infertile and may be removed from the nest to prevent the mother being stressed and continuing to sit on them.
The father, Blue Boy is protective of the Mother, Blanche, baby Martha, and the eggs, he is constantly guarding nearby the nest. Blue Boy and Blanche first met last January, when he and his sister, Bella were introduced and joined Blanche at the Palace of Fine Arts. It was love at first sight because since then Blue Boy and Blanche became a pair.
RPD staff and swan volunteer caregivers ask the public to be respectful and view the swan family in distance so that mother Blanche, baby Martha and eggs are protected and not disturbed.