- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A nature center in central Oregon is celebrating the birth of four baby swans.

The Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/2sKsoxg ) the first trumpeter swan egg started hatching late Monday. Sunriver Nature Center staffers believe the other three eggs hatched throughout Independence Day.

A fifth egg was spotted in the nest on Wednesday, but staffers say it is likely infertile.

The birth of the baby swans, or cygnets, was a surprise for the center. The swan mother laid five eggs earlier this year which were eaten by raccoons. Although swans typically breed once a year, the mother laid a second brood in May.

The center will soon ask the public for help naming the four cygnets.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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