Mal­nour­ished swans in re­hab

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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