Swan Lakeland vs. The Alligators

(George Skene, OS Staff)

Alligators are killing Lakeland’s iconic swans

The attacks are just one more example of prehistoric alligators clashing with modern Florida [my emphasis]. A gator bit an Apopka man in the head earlier this month, and three people were killed by alligators in May.

No animal is more precious to Lakeland than the swan. The city spends about $10,000 a year feeding the graceful waterfowl, some of which have lineage from a royal flock in England. It also maintains a breeding program. A veterinarian puts microchips in the swans to help keep track of them, and the city takes regular head counts

It’s called nature you fools, and they were here first. So let me get this straight though, the folks in Lakeland are angry that the creatures native to this state are eating the creatures that are foreign to the area and were only brought here for asthetics?

Clashing with modern Florida? We encroached upon their environment, not the other way around. Hmm, I know another group that perhaps that $10,000 might serve a little better.

2 Comments so far

  1. Terry Howard (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

    Amen! I’d also like to point out that swans can often be very aggressive animals. In a corner of the Orange County historical museum is a giant stuffed swan that goes by the name of Buddy (I think that’s it.) The swan terrorized the residents that lived around the banks of Lake Lucerne in the first half of this century by chasing citizens down and pecking them, my Grandmother is an eye witness, having lived on that lake.

  2. FryGuy (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    Arr, Old General Buddy they called him, with a neck like a tree trunk and eyes like steel, cold and hard. They say his beak could peck an eye out at thirty paces, and the smell of his poo sent old women scurrying to the far corners of the park.

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