Injured Cygnet, Reintegration with Family

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    Anita Lago

    Morning, Regal Swan Specialist,
    I volunteer at a local park that has a pair of swans. This year they have five cygnets. They are 6.5 weeks old.

    Yesterday, I noticed one had a large gash on its chest. In the crop area.
    We decided the injury needed medical attention and are planning a rescue today.The adult pair are very protective so will be challenging.

    Once we get the cygnet medical attention, and hoping the injury can be treated, can you please tell me if we will be able to return the cygnet to the pond and family? What are the chances they reject it? How long do we have to return it ensuring they won’t reject it?

    I appreciate your assistance.

    Kindest Regards,

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    Swan Expert

    Hi Anita

    The wound looks like a turtle or similar bite. The cygnet needs to be immediately taken to an experienced avian veterinarian for examination and treatment. The cygnet will probably need surgery to clean the wound. The young bird will definitely need a series of antibiotic treatments.

    This treatment will take approximately 2-3 weeks as the cygnet’s blood will need to be tested to ensure that the correct antibiotic is being used and the infection is completely gone. This time period will make it impossible to return the cygnet to its parents. If cygnets are not returned within 2-8 hours, ( we have seen a family of cygnets returned after 24 hours accepted, but very rare), the parents will abandon the cygnets or may seriously injure them. Therefore, if the cygnet survives treatment, you will need to find the cygnet a safe new home such as a waterfowl or wildlife sanctuary. The young bird can never be returned to the wild. The Regal Swan

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    Anita Lago

    Thank you so very much, Regal Swan.

    I was able to catch the swan today and get him/her to Volunteer for Wildlife here on Long Island. I sent them my photos before hand and also your response to me about the situation. They are evaluating. First review says tissue doesn’t look good but will see the avian vet in the morning. Outcome may not be good but he is in a place where he/She has the best possible chance.

    Thank you for everything.

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