NEWS

Injured swan opens up some hearts

Billie Owens

The beautiful swan with a broken right wing was rescued over the weekend and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator in Honeoye Falls.

The plucky bird had managed to get out of Canandaigua Lake at Holiday Harbour and then walked to a parking lot en route to the traffic on South Main Street.

More than 15 calls came in to authorities to catch the bird, by then lurching toward certain doom.

Off-duty Ontario County sheriff’s Deputy Bob Green was driving by and stopped. Canandaigua Police Officer Ryan Allen also responded, as did local resident/wildlife rescuer Dan Malloy. He works for the state Department of Environmental Conservation and was enjoying his Saturday leisure.

“I grabbed my leather gloves and a net and I got down there in a few minutes,” Malloy said. “There was already a big crowd, and officers were trying to catch the swan.”

They managed to round up the bird, and it was taken to Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital on Lakeshore Drive by city police in a squad car.

“We took it in and got frantic to find a rehabilitator to come in and take care of it properly,” said veterinarian William Randall.

Malloy took the swan to a rehab facility in Honeoye Falls, where it’s on the mend. Malloy said if it heals completely, it will be released into the wild. If it is permanently injured, the bird will go to an appropriate caretaker.

Malloy said the DEC tries help animals when possible.

“We get calls to help a seagull with a fishing hook stuck in it and things like that, where we can’t help at all,” Malloy said. “But when we can help, we do.”

Lou Alice Avellino, a Holiday Harbour resident who had tried to get help for the swan last week, said, “I’m just so glad that sometimes there’s a happy ending.”

Contact Billie Owens at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 320, or at bowens@mpnewspapers.com