TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- While the Topeka Zoo’s used to visitors coming every day, two Trumpeter Swans welcomed a pair of their guests this week. Two wild swans dropped in to say hello to the ones that live here, the Zoo says.
For years now, the Zoo has been helping the Trumpeter Swan population recover from near extinction by releasing the ones born there into the wild. So, the new arrivals could be just coming home again for a belated Thanksgiving visit.
”We don’t know how long they will stay with us but they are welcome for as long as they want,” Zoo Director Brenden Wiley said.
A little more than a century ago, the swans were on the brink of being gone for good. Laws meant to protect them and breed them have led to a “dramatic turnaround,” the Zoo says. They estimate there are now more than 35,000 swans flying over North American skies.
They usually live in Alaska and Western Canada, making it as far south as the northern United States. They usually don’t make it this far south, but that recent cold snap that brought so much snow also brought the swans to Kansas, according to the Topeka Zoo.