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

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New swan family Blue Boy,  Blanche and baby Martha at the Palace of Fine Arts. (BCN)

New swan family Blue Boy, Blanche and baby Martha at the Palace of Fine Arts. (BCN)

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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.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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