Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications
|Sarah and Cygmond share a bond (and a pond) in the Temperate Forest habitat. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|
|Trumpeter swans are the largest native waterfowl in North America, weighing in at more than 25 pounds with wingspans between 6 and 8 feet in length: Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|
Though they could treat her and help her heal, wildlife experts at Whatcom Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center determined that the extent of Sarah’s injuries would diminish her chances of survival in the wild. That’s where Woodland Park Zoo comes in. We’re happy to be able to offer Sarah a safe home with Cygmond. Both birds arrived here in December, spent their first few months bonding in a quiet spot behind the scenes and are getting along rather swimmingly!
|Swans are one of the most iconic birds, known all around the world for their grace and beauty. Photo: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo|
Trumpeter swans are the largest native waterfowl in North America, weighing in at more than 25 pounds with wingspans that can reach 6 to 8 feet. In nature, trumpeter swans often form pair bonds with a mate at 3 to 4 years old. They usually stay together throughout the year and sometimes for life, moving together in migratory groups. Here in the northwest, a population of trumpeter swans may spend the winter months in ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes of Washington state and British Columbia.
|Sarah and Cygmond spend much of their time together. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|
|It is possible that Sarah and Cygmond might have chicks (called cygnets) together in the future. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|