It’s been a good couple of week’s for the area’s wildlife. First, Coley the Osprey escaped more than a year of warrantless government surveillance, as the recording device that tracked his movement became dislodged and eventually removed. Then some kidnapped horseshoe crabs found justice when they were saved from becoming bait and their kidnappers were fined.
Today, one of Sheepshead Bay’s iconic swans was found injured and abandoned on the side of Emmons Avenue.
Luckily for our feathered friend, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s staffers took notice – and pity – and had the winged beast rescued for rehabilitation.
It’s like Snow-freakin’-White up in here.
Here’s the press release from Cymbrowitz’s office:
It was almost a swan song for this constituent in distress.
At about 9 a.m. today a staff member for Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) passed an unusual sight on East 19th Street between Shore Parkway and Emmons Avenue in SheepsheadBay.
A fully-grown swan was sitting in the middle of the sidewalk, its foot at an odd angle away from its body. The animal, which managed to cross Emmons Avenue, didn’t appear perturbed, just stock-still.
The staff member walked across the street to Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ district office and made some calls seeking help for the swan. She called Theresa Scavo, chair of Community Board 15, who alerted the Parks Department, but it wasn’t their jurisdiction.
Then the staff member called the 61st Precinct, which arrived quickly. The police took a proprietary interest and established a safe perimeter around the swan. A passerby with a camera was asked to move across the street so as not to disturb the animal.
By 10 a.m., a cage arrived to transport the injured swan to a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Manhattan.