Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan Updates!

Although we are currently unable to provide individual patient updates due to volunteer and staff time involved to do so, due to the large interest in this case we will post updates on our website Here and Wildlife In Need Centers Facebook here.  Through the large community efforts of residents on Pretty Lake, the skilled cold water rescue assistance of Western Lakes Fire District, and Wildlife In Need Center staff, we were able to bring the Trumpeter Swan into care at Wildlife In Need Center on 12/13/2021.

The Trumpeter Swan is resting in a warm aquatic aviary and was paddling around today in his pool. The swan is in critical condition, and we are doing everything we can to stabilize him. X-rays do not show any fractures, but do show that the swan has foreign lead objects in its gizzard which are the cause of lead poisoning. The swan’s blood lead level is so high that our lead testing equipment can’t provide a value. The swan is very thin and is not eating on its own. He also has a respiratory infection. Swan received IV fluids. We are treating him with antibiotics, pain medication, chelation treatment for the lead poisoning, and are tube feeding him liquid critical care diet and medications to aid in allowing the lead in his gizzard to pass through and out of the digestive track. Lead poisoning can be fatal or have long term consequences to health. It takes time to treat lead cases, so we do not expect any rapid changes in condition to report.

This swan is also anemic and received iron injection on 12/15/21.

Below are the x-rays taken on admission 12/13 showing the foreign body in his gizzard.

 

The Trumpeter Swan has been vocalizing, calling out for other swans. Because Trumpeter Swans are not solitary and form such pair bonds mating for life, we gave him a mirror on 12/15/21 which is like giving him a friend.

 

Animal Care staff Cherish Streit, giving subcutaneous fluids 12/15/21

Daily gavage feeding liquid critical care diet and medications to aid in allowing the lead in his gizzard to pass through and out of the digestive track photo 12/15/21