Polk County trumpeter

adult trumpeter Admission Date: 19 December 2016
Outcome: Released, 27 December 2016 at Schildberg Quarry, Atlantic, IA
Location of Rescue: Polk County
Cause of Admission / Condition: Grounded and unable to fly
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories

It’s ‘wildlife CSI’ time as we’re really not sure what happened to this adult trumpeter swan. SOAR volunteer Deb and her ‘fave DNR officer’ were able to rescue this trumpeter that was unable to fly.

Kay reports no fractures and that the swan is ‘nice and feisty’ and has bumps and bruises. Time for rehab in a safe, warm room.


21 December 2016
A blood lead level was drawn and much to our surprise, the swan's BLL is greater than 0.65 ppm. Usually a bird with a lead level this high would be showing some symptoms... but not swan! Chelation started.