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Update on SWAN SONG!
Trumpeter swan Leslie Knope was rescued from a pond near Lakeville late last year after developing angel wing as a young bird. Angel wing causes developmental problems and Leslie couldn't fly. She arrived at the Detroit Zoo earlier this year and is now living at Island Lake near the National Amphibian Conservation Center with male swan, Ron Swanson.
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Prickles was just a small town swan living near a lonely pond in Addison Township before being rescued and sent to the Howell Nature Center for rehabilitation late last year. She recently made her way south, toward Detroit, taking a midnight crate to her new home at the Detroit Zoo.
Prickles is a trumpeter swan that was born with a condition known as Angel Wing Syndrome which affects the carpal joints on the wings of waterfowl. Humans feeding waterfowl crackers, bread and other foods of the like is one of the “probable causes” to the condition, as per the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. Because of this condition, Prickles can’t fly, which made her an easy target for prey before being rescued back in November.
The young swan spent a few months at the Howell Nature Center, Michigan’s largest wildlife rehabilitation clinic, before being transported to the Detroit Zoo where she will replace the zoo’s female swan that passed away.
“Thanks to our partners at the Detroit Zoological Society, (Prickles) was transferred to pair with a male, in hopes of future offspring which may be reintroduced into the wild, to aid in the conservation of the species,” read a statement posted to Howell Nature Center’s Facebook page on Jan. 15. Prickles will be off exhibit until later this spring.
New Mile Markers - Watch this video for a great safety tip as well!
Protected Trumpeter Swans at Lake George Road
New! Pocket Park - Oxford Michigan near M24 Bridge