The Coscoroba Swan is the smallest species of swan and originates from South America. They have long been the subject of discussion amongst scientists and bird lovers alike as their characteristics and attributes resemble a mixture of geese, swans and whistling ducks. The bill, for example is more duck-like, whilst their honking voice, heads and legs are more goose like.
At approximately 2 weeks old, Coscoroban Swan “Sherbert”, or “fluff” as he was known for a short time, was sadly rejected by his mum. This is not unheard of in the wild as the Mums will sometimes focus her atttention on the stronger of her 2 babies.
So the human team stepped in to take care of him whilst he gained the strength and grew to the size he needed to be to protect himself from larger birds before moving to the Tambopata Aviary permanently.