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41st Annual Lake Morton Swan Gathering takes place October 19


LAKELAND, Florida (October 8, 2022) | The City of Lakeland Parks Division will be on Lake Morton at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19e for the 41st Annual gathering of swans. Parks and Recreation employees will carefully round up the swans to prepare them for their annual veterinary exam. The swans will be confined to large enclosures on the south side of the lake for their annual welfare checkups with My Pet’s Animal Hospital which will begin on the morning of October 20.e at 8:00 am The annual Swan Gathering allows the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population.

The original swans on Lake Morton were donated by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in 1957. As the flock of Lakeland swans grew, it became paramount to give the royal birds an annual health check. The Swan Roundup therefore began in 1980 and has continued every year since then. . The swans were first cared for by a veterinarian (Emeritus) and the original “Swanvet” WG Gardner, Dr Patricia Mattson has supervised the birds for several years and now My Pet’s Animal Hospital brings their expertise to take care of the herd of swans of Lakeland.

My Pet’s Animal Hospital is located at 2225 Drane Field Road in Lakeland. The Lakeland facility has a 5,100 square foot hospital with separate examination rooms and treatment and surgery areas, including laser surgery. There are more than 40 kennels for the boarding of pets as well as three hospital departments. My Pet’s Animal Hospital is a full service AAHA accredited facility. The American Animal Hospital Association provides accreditation only to hospitals that meet their strict standards.

Bob Donahay, Director of Parks and Recreation, said, “The swans at Morton Lake are an icon of the community and families have interacted with the birds for decades. It is very important for us to make sure that our Lakeland flock is doing well which is why we schedule the Swan Roundup every year with the main purpose of checking the health of our birds. He added, “We really appreciate the team at My Pet’s Animal Hospital who donated their time and equipment to help care for our herd. We couldn’t do it without their generous support. “


Kevin cook
Communication director
Town of Lakeland
[email protected]

About Lakeland

The town of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown into one of the largest communities in the interior of Florida. With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and Gulf beaches just an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its convenient central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The city owns and operates Lakeland Electric, Florida’s third largest utility, and it was one of the first to deliver electricity to the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.

For more information on the town of Lakeland, please explore LakelandGov.net.
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