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May 10, 2014

Search is on for wayward mute swan

BEVERLY — Call it the case of the missing swan.

The city’s animal services officers and residents of the Montserrat neighborhood are on the lookout for a swan that has been spotted in the neighborhood and may be injured.

The swan and its mate had been hanging out on Kelleher Pond for a couple weeks before one of them went missing recently, said Colon Street resident Katherine Myers, who lives next to the pond.

In the last few days neighbors have spotted a swan wandering in the area of Essex Street and Lakeshore Drive. One resident said it might have had blood on its feathers.

Beverly animal services officer John Manganaro said anyone who sees the swan should call his office at 978-605-2361 and should not approach it.

“Swans are known to fight back a little bit,” he said. “Somebody could get bit.”

Manganaro said he could capture the swan with a net and bring it to the Danvers Animal Hospital. If it is healthy, it could be reunited with its mate on Kelleher Pond, he said.

According to the state’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, mute swans can be found in many inland waters up and down the coast of Massachusetts. The agency’s website describes them as “highly aggressive and territorial.”

Myers, who has lived next to Kelleher Pond for 21 years, said she has seen geese, ducks, herons and egrets on the pond but never swans until last year.

She said two swans showed up about this time of year and stayed for a few weeks. The pair, or a different pair, returned again this year.

“When they first showed up last year it was a big deal,” she said. “They’re such an elegant bird.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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