Injured swan makes splash at sanctuary

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - After a long flight from Alaska - by jet - Marshmallow the trumpeter swan had plenty of energy left when she arrived at a private wildlife sanctuary.

She claimed a pond as her territory Wednesday and showed a male and female tundra swan who's boss.

"She immediately went out and beat them up," said Northwest Wildfowl sanctuary owner Lynn Dye. "She showed everybody 'I'm here and want to be in charge."'

Last August, someone shot Marshmallow with a bow and arrow on Tern Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. Bird specialists removed the arrow and released her back on the lake to rejoin her mate. But she wasn't able to fly south this fall.

Dye expects the trumpeter will spend most of the winter on the pond nursing a sagging wing.

"When she feels right, she will take off."

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