- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - City officials rounded up 81 swans on Lakeland’s Lake Morton for their annual checkup at a veterinarian’s office.

It took 21 employees to gather up the swans on Wednesday. Dr. Patricia Mattson will give the swans medical exams on Thursday.

The swans are royalty in Lakeland. They descend from a pair that England’s Queen Elizabeth donated to the city in 1957. For the past 33 years, city officials have rounded up the swans for medical exams at Companion Animal Hospital.

Mattson told The Ledger of Lakeland (https://bit.ly/1oDjbKd ) the biggest things she looks for are cuts on their feet, severe weight loss and botulism. The problem comes from overpopulation on the lake. There should be between 45 and 50 swans for a lake the size of Lake Morton.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), https://www.theledger.com

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