This week’s patient of the week features two Black Swan Cygnets, Barney and Bella who were found at separate locations; one from Clear Islands Waters and the other from Robina.
Barney and Bella were both found orphaned. On both occasions, members of the public attempted to find the parents of the Cygnets with hopes to reunite them but were unsuccessful.
The cygnets were brought the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital uninjured but requiring some TLC consisting of warmth and feeding. Both patients are expected to go to a wildlife carer today, who will raise and release them back into the wild, when they are old enough to survive by themselves.
Barney and Bella will require artificial heart until they are a bit bigger, before being moved out to an outdoor enclosure. Swans are fed a diet of greens, seed and insects such as meal worms but no bread!
You can help save patients like Barney and Bella by always checking for parents first if you find an orphaned bird. Birds will not reject their babies even if they have a human scent on them. This means baby birds can be reunited with their parents several days after coming into care.
You can also help patients like Barney & Bella by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
Together we can make a difference!
Adult Black Swans have entirely black plumage with an exception of white wing tips only visible in flight; they are the only birds in the world who are entirely black.
Black Swans prefer to inhabit larger, salty or fresh waterways and permanent wetlands requiring at least 40 m of water to take off into flight. Black Swans are vegetarian; their long necks help them reach up to 1 m underwater to obtain algae and weeds.
Black swans live in pairs or small groups in shallow wetlands. Birds pair for life meaning they will only ever have one partner. Eggs are laid in nests which are placed on floating islands or float in deeper waters.