Young Swan Disappears From San Francisco’s Palace Of Fine Arts

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — It’s been a bad week for the swans that make their home in a lagoon at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.

Officials at the San Francisco landmark say the youngest member of a swan family disappeared Thursday evening.

Gayle Hagerty, a volunteer swan-keeper at the palace, told the San Francisco Chronicle that it’s believed the three-week-old swan named “Marta” was killed by a hawk.

The disappearance of the young swan comes after a two-year-old swan named “Bella” was taken away Friday to a bird refuge because of attacks by her older brother.

Volunteers say a swan known as “Blue Boy” was attacking his sister because he’s “pretty territorial.”

He and a swan called “Blanche” are the parents of the swan believed to have been killed by a hawk.

The latest trouble in the lagoon comes after a swan was killed last fall and another disappeared in early 2010.

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  • julie johnsen

    Are you sure someone isn’t catching them and eating them? The last time I went to Stow Lake, I saw at least two people with buckets with turtles in them…you think they were catching them for pets? It seems the population of the geese and ducks, that use to be so plentiful, out in front of the cemetaries in Colma has dropped and/or disappeared as well. There’s a lot of hungry folks out there.


    ifI were a betting man? I would bet on the same FCKR! who took the Other One!

  • Jim

    Lets start a missing animal website so we can find them, LOL.

    • unknown

      It is not funny but very sad

  • unknown

    Get real a hawk is no fool to tangal with two angry parents I would check with certain cultural habits,oh stray cats hide a fact in the Sunset I saw asian men with a net catching crows I asked what are you doing they told me Dinner thus no more Chinease food for me


    ” this beautiful animals are there for all of us to enjoy! ” but not in a frying Pan!! CAPISH/ COMPRENDE?

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