The city of Lakeland has sold off some of its iconic swans, which are descended from royal swans gifted by Queen Elizabeth II, due to overpopulation, as seen in Lakeland on Wednesday.
Director of Communication Lakeland city, Kevin Cook, explained that the Swans were donated after a local resident wrote to the Queen in 1957 to ask her for a pair.
«We had a local Lakeland resident who wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth asking her if she would donate a breeding pair of swans from her royal flock and she did so, with the caveat she would donate the swans but there had to be a fundraising effort to get the swans from England to Lakeland,» he said.
The swans are up for sale for the price $800 for a pair of male and female.
«We're selling them by the pair because Swans are very social animals, they've been known to breed for life,» Cook added.