39th Annual Lake Morton Swan Roundup
October 22nd: Swan Roundup | October 23rd: Vet Check
LAKELAND, FL (October 4, 2019) | The City of Lakeland Parks Division will be on Lake Morton at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd for the 39th Annual Swan Roundup. Parks & Recreation employees will be carefully gathering the swans to get them ready for their annual veterinary check-up. The swans will be confined in large holding pens on the south side of the lake for their annual wellness examinations with My Pet’s Animal Hospital that will start the morning of October 23rd at 8:00 a.m. The Annual Swan Round-Up allows the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population.
The original swans on Lake Morton were donated by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in 1957. As Lakeland’s swan flock grew, it became paramount to give the regal birds an annual health check so the Swan Roundup began in 1980 and has continued every year since then. The swans were first cared for by veterinarian (emeritus) and original "Swanvet" W.G. Gardner. Dr. Patricia Mattson oversaw the birds for several years and now My Pet’s Animal Hospital will take care of Lakeland’s swan flock. My Pet’s Animal Hospital is located at 2225 Drane Field Road in Lakeland. The Lakeland facility has a 5,100 square foot hospital with examination rooms and separate treatment and surgery areas, including laser surgery. There are over 40 kennels for boarding pets along with three hospital wards.
Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “The Lake Morton swans are a community icon and families have been interacting with the birds for decades. It is very important that our Lakeland flock is doing well so we schedule the Swan Roundup each year with the primary purpose to check on the health of our birds.” He added, “People may not realize but the Parks Department actually has a line item in our budget for swan food and upkeep. It costs about $10,000 per year to feed and care for Lakeland’s domestic swans. We really appreciate the good folks at My Pet’s Animal Hospital for donating their time to take care of our swans this year and we are looking forward to working with them going into the future. Through the years all of our veterinarians donated their time and resources. We know it is a big undertaking and we thank them.”
The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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