PETA is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of six baby swans from Lake Eola Park.
On Tuesday, a ranger at the park heard a mother swan screaming in distress and discovered that the baby swans, called cygnets, which were less than two days old, had vanished.
Officials believe that because it’s unlikely a natural predator took all six cygnets that they were abducted.
On Friday, PETA announced the $5,000 reward.
“These gentle, delicate baby swans are less than a week old and may be in grave danger without their mother,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange.
“PETA is urging anyone with information about the babies’ whereabouts or their abductor’s identity to come forward immediately to save these missing birds from a gruesome fate.”
Stealing a swan is a felony offense in Florida.
Anyone with information on the case should comment here or contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
The baby swans can be dropped off at the city’s Eola House, no questions asked.
A separate reward of $1,500 is being offered by Crimeline.