This black swan, Rosie, was brought to Save Our Seabirds last Saturday, not because of a broken wing, but because of a broken heart. When Rosie’s mate, Sammy, was removed July 30 from their pond home in Wimauma so that SOS staff could cure a bacterial infection on his foot, known as bumble foot, both birds became noticeably upset about the separation.
The solution: Reunite them at SOS while Sammy recovers from his Aug. 3 surgery. The swans, which mate for life, are much happier now that they are together again, SOS staff reports. Rosie and Sammy — after he recovers — can be visited from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at SOS, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway. Admission is free.
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OBITUARY: Marcelyn Jean Henrikson
Marcelyn Jean "Marcy" Henrikson, 79, of Elgin, Ill., and Longboat Key, died May 11.
Crosby begins Mote leadership role
Dr. Michael Crosby took the helm of Mote yesterday following the retirement of Dr. Kumar Mahadevan.