Lakeland, FL -- Nearly 71 swans were wrangled and rounded up at Lake Morton Tuesday morning.
It's the 33rd annual Lakeland Swan Round-Up. The goal is to keep the birds healthy while protecting the icon of the city.
"We just make it happen," said swan catcher, Steve Platt. "The day I got in there they said, 'Here you go.'"
Each year the parks and recreation group sets out on motor boats to collect the city's swans. Platt has been catching swans for over 17 years and said that it never gets old.
"It's awesome, this is the best day of our work career," said Platt. "I've always said that."
Once the birds are all rounded up, they will be vaccinated and get the necessary veterinarian care. The effort is to help keep the official city bird healthy, so families like Samantha Drew's can continue to enjoy their company.
"We've had so many born since I've been here ... I've grown attached to them, so it's really fun to watch them grow," said Drew.
The first swans on Lake Morton were donated by Queen Elizabeth back in 1957. Drew said that she's proud to be a part of the Lakeland Swan Round-Up and hopes that doing her part will help the Swans legacy live on.
"I'm an animal lover, so whatever I can do to help any animal especially now with my swans and whatever they need, I try to get for them," said Drew.
The swans will stay caged overnight and will get checked out and treated by veterinarian Patricia Mattson as needed on Wednesday morning.