City Park swan in recovery

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Amanda, a black swan, was attacked last week at her City Park nest and had her eggs crushed. Dr. Gregory Rich is treating her now, and park officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Amanda, a black swan, was attacked last week at her City Park nest and had her eggs crushed. Dr. Gregory Rich is treating her now, and park officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

$1,000 reward being offered for information on incident

City Park officials are offering a reward for anyone who has information about the person or people who attacked and injured the park’s only black swan and possibly broke her eggs late last week.

Officials believe the swan, named Amanda Erika, was injured sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, said John Hopper, the park’s chief development officer.

A City Park police officer found Amanda on Saturday suffering from an injury to her ankle. Hopper said that a local veterinarian picked up Amanda and is caring for her. The vet hopes Amanda will make a full recovery with antibiotics and a regular change of dressings.

Amanda had built her nest in the park’s sculpture garden and had been attending to five eggs the last several weeks. Park officials believe that whoever injured Amanda also broke the eggs.

City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who harmed Amanda, Hopper said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call City Park Police Chief Billy Bayle at (504) 421-9307.