WFTV VIDEO: PETA Offering $5K Reward To Locate Six Baby Swans Stolen From Lake Eola Park
By Space Coast Daily // April 16, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is now offering $5K for information leading to an arrest for the six, one-day old, baby swans stolen from a mother swan and Lake Eola Park earlier this week. (WFTV Video)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is now offering $5K for information leading to an arrest for the six, one-day old, baby swans stolen from a mother swan and Lake Eola Park earlier this week.
Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan first announced the baby swans were stolen from Lake Eola Park on Monday night.
The park ranger reportedly heard the mother swan squawking which led to the ranger discovering the baby swans were missing.
“I am just furious,” said Commissioner Sheehan on her Facebook page Tuesday night.
“A Predator or natural activity would not account for this many missing without remains.”
PETA senior Vice President Lisa Lange echoed her concern as well.
“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.”
Channel 9 investigation reveals a key camera at the park that could have assisted the investigation was not working properly, according to WFTV.
“An issue was identified with the cameras experiencing intermittent power outages last year, said Sheehan in a email to Channel 9.
“The cameras were down the night of Monday, April 5.”
“We need to prioritize these cameras. (It’s) very important people rely upon them and it’s a liability issue if someone gets harmed,” said Sheehan.
According to Channel 9, the city paid $4.1 million for the IRIS cameras around the city and 9 Investigates has reported numerous issues with the cameras.
The city said it has reclassified a position that will solely focus on maintaining the IRIS cameras and managing outages.
Anyone with information regarding this incident are being urged to call the Orlando Police Department.