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Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes trumpeter swan cygnets

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed four trumpeter swan cygnets to the McCormick Swan Pond on Monday.

Trumpeter swans are the largest North American waterfowl. They can be identified by their white plumage and sleek black bill with wingspans that can reach up to eight feet, according to a statement from Lincoln Park Zoo. Adult male trumpeter swans can weigh up to 30 pounds and once they find a mate, they often remain together for life, the zoo said.

The cygnets will be released in Iowa as a part of a collaborative reintroduction program with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Lincoln Park Zoo has released more than 40 trumpeter swans to date, the statement said.

Until their reintroduction this fall, the cygnets will learn necessary skills to survive in the wild, the zoo said. The cygnets will also nearly triple in size, become skilled swimmers and learn to feed independently on seeds, grains and other wetlands plants as well as insects and small fish, the zoo added.

The cygnets can be seen every day this summer at the McCormick Swan Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.

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