SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Officials Wednesday relocated the only swan left in the lagoon at San Francisco’s Palace of the Fine Arts after its companion swan suspiciously died earlier this month.

Blanche, a 13-year-old Mute Swan, was moved Wednesday to the San Francisco Zoo after her companion swan was killed on Nov. 13.

“She’s the only remaining swan and because that act of violence had occurred, everyone was worried for her,” said Kat Brown, deputy director of Animal Care & Control.

A necropsy of the dead swan—believed to be Blanche’s sister or mother—revealed she died of a dislocated neck that was most likely the result of human interaction, according to Animal Care & Control.

“We were shocked in the demise of the other swan as much as anyone else was,” Brown said.

Blanche’s care at the zoo will include a full veterinary check-up and any needed treatment.

She will return to the Palace of the Fine Arts in mid-January, pending renovations due to be completed by the San Francisco Recreation and Park department at the same time.

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Comments (7)
  1. Bill Hicks says:

    Whoever did this to an innocent animal, unable to defend itself – may you rot in hell. Forever.

  2. Mac says:

    Palace of Fine Arts should have attempted to protect these swans a long time ago. It is so obvious from the deaths of the other swans that there are deranged inhuman people out there. I hope when this swan comes back in mid-January that every precaution will be taken to keep this and other swans safe.

  3. Sherry says:

    Bill Hicks, I love you! You’re my kind of man! 🙂

  4. Rachel says:

    I hope whoever did this ends up as a swan in their next life. Put the swan in witness protection. She knows who did it.

    1. Victor says:

      Or whoever did this ends up in real prison in real life for the rest of his/her life for animal cruelty. Or possibly, capital punishment. Did you watch “The Swan Princess” too much?

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