We have two patients this week and they are two adorable little cygnets named Romeo and Juliet. These two young swans were admitted separately to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for two very different reasons but they have struck up a beautiful friendship during their stay.
Romeo was admitted to the Hospital due to a fish hook in his leg and Juliet got admitted to the Hospital because her parents did not care for her enough so she was emaciated and weak when found.
Both Romeo and Juliet are doing well and will soon be old enough to be released. Due to their very special bond they will be released back into the wild together.
While we cannot be certain of the sex of these two swans yet, would it not be a nice if they were male and female and maybe have cygnets together one day.
You can help patients like Romeo and Juliet by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
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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.