Sully and Susie

John Schneier and Pat Shaffer used their athleticism and bravado to quickly capture the one week old cygnets of Sully and Susie.  Awaiting the cygnets was Dr. Geoffrey Gardner, swan veterinarian from Lakeland, who has been the swans' "pediatrician" since 2009.  Each cygnet had a microchip implanted for identification purposes and had blood drawn for DNA testing to determine gender.


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