Bella's Back at the Palace

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011  |  Updated 10:10 AM PDT
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Bella's Back at the Palace

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This is once again home to an injured swan.

Bella the swan has returned and hopes to stay at her lagoon near  the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco after recovering from a foot injury  last month, Department of Recreation and Park officials announced.

Bella, a 2-year-old swan, was reunited with her brother Blue Boy,  his partner Blanche and the couple's weeks-old cygnet, Martha, Sunday morning  at the lagoon next to the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts.

Although Bella is in top shape and fully recovered from her foot  injury in early May, Bella's caretaker Jack Long, an exotic bird breeder in  Point Reyes, said it might be a difficult transition back at the lagoon.

The Palace swan caretaker Gayle Hagerty said Bella is being  monitored to see if Blue Boy will accept her and to ensure her safety.

"We've got people checking on her every hour. We might have to  find her another home," Hagerty said.

Long is worried Blue Boy will be too aggressive after baby swan  Martha was born Memorial Day weekend and is flaunting a protective attitude.

  "We thought this might happen, but we were hoping for the best,"  Long said, concerned that Bella might return to his care in Point Reyes as  Recreation and Park officials find her a new home.

Hagerty said officials are already looking into places for Bella  to go if her swan family continues to give her an unfriendly welcome.
 

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