Stranded Swan on Newaygo County Lake Saved

Posted at 6:00 PM, Dec 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-20 18:15:13-05

BITELY, Mich. – A stranded swan on a Newaygo County lake has been saved.

It’s an update to a story we first brought you Thursday on FOX 17 News at 5.

The Trumpeter or Tundra swan made it to the shore of Pickerel Lake in Bitely Friday afternoon.

We’re told the DNR along with Gordon Velderman, the man we profiled in our story, were able to corral the disabled swan with a net and place it in a dog crate.

The DNR took the swan to an animal rehabilitation center to help heal its broken wing.

The swan spent the last two weeks stranded in the middle of the frozen lake, along with its mate.  We’re told it stayed by its side because swans mate for life.