Malnourished swans in rehab
Most of us feel rundown in winter and need time to recoup, and Whitby’s swans are no exception.
Four black swans living at the Whitby lakes were taken to bird rehab recently after concerns about their appearance, says Porirua City Council’s parks and reserves manager Bill Inge.
‘‘There was concern by councillor [Anita] Baker that the swans up on Whitby Lake were looking unhappy and unhealthy.’’
At first it was thought something in the water was making the birds sick, but tests revealed nothing. The council soon realised the birds were malnourished, Mr Inge says.
With food scarce in Whitby, the swans had been living on what humans fed them.
‘‘They’re not as good as ducks and geese at eating everything and anything.’’
The swans have been captured and sent to convalesce at the Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust for three weeks.
They will then be released by Paremata Bridge, where food is more abundant.
It is hoped the swans will not go back up to the Whitby lakes, Mr Inge says.