LAKELAND, Fla. — A Florida town known as the “Swan City” is selling some of its flock.
The swans, which cost about $10,000 to feed and maintain, are descendants from a pair of white mutes donated by Queen Elizabeth in 1957. The Swan Roundups started in 1980 as a way to care for the growing population. The birds are so synonymous with the city that it adopted the image of a swan as its logo.
There are about 80 birds in the flock this year after a successful breeding season. City officials believe they will sell about 40 of them. They can sell for about $300 each.
They can fight for territory and roam into traffic. Two died earlier this year after being hit by drivers, the Lakeland Ledger reported.
This is not the first time the city has sold some of the flock. In 2011, some of the birds had to go to reduce the population as well.
There are some stipulations before the city will sell a swan.
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