New Orleans City Park’s only black swan injured by vandals

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NEW ORLEANS – City Park workers and police want to know who injured the park’s only black swan and broke her five eggs.

“We haven’t had any live born cygnets, baby swans, in several years here, so we were all very excited,” said a disappointed City Park Chief Development Officer John Hopper.  “If you connect the dots, it would lead you to believe it might be the same demented individual.”

Hopper believes the attack happened between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning in the park’s Sculpture Garden.

The swan is being treated at West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic in Metairie.  Dr Gregory Rich says her injury is serious.

“Open ankle, meaning the joint is exposed.  It was popped out of place originally, so the bone was actually poking through the skin,” Rich said while trying to reassure the swan on one of his clinic’s examination tables.

The swan is much calmer than most according to Rich.  She seems social and trusting which may have only helped her attacker.

Rich says the swan’s injuries are not consistent with any type of animal attack.  He says the swan’s left leg was definitely injured by some sort of trauma.

If all goes well, the swan could still be a month away from her release.

“She’s not out of the woods, but she’s got a fair to good prognosis,” said Rich.

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