A black swan was sent to the Minhang Wild Animal-Plant Conservation after it dropped onto a road in Shanghai’s Qingpu district last Thursday, apparently falling mid-flight because it was too fat.
Want China Times reports:
The main habitats for black swans is marshland in southeastern and southwestern Australia. The species was once on the brink of extinction but its numbers have recovered thanks to conservation efforts. Black swans are highly prized in Australia but not so much in China where there is actually a surplus of the birds due to artificial breeding. The swan which fell on to the road may have escaped from a breeding pen, given its pruned feathers and weight, reported the local Shanghai Morning Post.
Staff at the conservation center reminded members of the public not to release wild animals but to instead contact local wild animal conservation centers. A wild animal must first be healthy enough to survive in the wild and be released in an appropriate place if it is to survive and not damage the local ecosystem.