Two black swans found on Balboa Island were taken to a shelter Monday, authorities said.
A pedestrian walking a dog reported the birds to Newport Beach Animal Control, according to Newport police spokeswoman Heather Rangel.
The swans, which aren’t native to the area, were transferred to the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach while officials tried to figure out where they came from, said the center’s wildlife manager, Lisa Perrone.
“We are guessing they either escaped from someplace or were dumped,” the center wrote on Facebook, describing the birds as “tame.” “Please share to help locate a possible owner.”
The birds, which are not tagged, will remain at the shelter until they are reconnected with their owner, police said.
In the United States, these type of birds are usually owned by collectors, Perrone said.
The city of Newport Beach requires a permit to keep wild animals.