Bella the swan is moving out after receiving a less than gracious reception from her brother and sister-in-law at the lagoon near San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, Recreation and Park Department officials said.
The family drama began Sunday when Bella rejoined her brother, Blue Boy, and her sister-in-law, Blanche, after spending more than a month recuperating from a fractured webbed foot at her birth home in Point Reyes.
Click the picture at right for a photo of Blue Boy, Blanche and Martha.
While Bella was away, Blanche gave birth to Martha. The new parents are protective of their cygnet and aggressive towards outsiders, department officials said.
Swan caretakers at the Palace were worried there might be tension within the family when Bella returned but hoped the parents would adjust to the aunt’s arrival.
But the family reunion has been fraught with bickering and sibling rivalry and caretakers feel it would be best for the whole family if Bella finds a home of her own, according to department officials.
Bella will be relocated to a home in Petaluma to give the family some space — for now, at least.
“I hope they can at least enjoy visits over the holidays,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the Recreation and Park Department in a statement.