SF Rec & Park Brings Injured Swan from Palace of Fine Arts to SF Zoo for Care

Thursday April 28, 2011
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SF Rec & Park Brings Injured Swan from Palace of Fine Arts to SF Zoo for Care
Swan Bella found and delivered to SF Zoo for veterinary care

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) coordinated transportation for an injured swan named Bella to San Francisco Zoo for veterinary care today.  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.

Then, 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.  However, with the care of Zoo veterinarian team, beginning this evening, she will be held and treated at her birth home, a swan breeder in Point Reyes.  SF Zoo team informed RPD that Bella will be reassessed in two weeks and hopefully returned to the Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon.  The cause of the injury is unknown.

In 2003 the City of San Francisco and the Maybeck Foundation formed a partnership to seismically upgrade the Palace of Fine Arts.  RPD recently celebrated the completion of the restoration.  Bella, and her swan brother Blue Boy joined Blanche the swan at the Palace of Fine Arts after the tragic death of Blanche’s sister named Monday in 2010.  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.

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