LAKELAND, Fla. — A rare and expensive baby black neck swan is missing from Lakeland, and city officials want to know where it is.

Lakeland city officials said the swan was not in its pen Thursday morning when they went to check on it. 

The baby bird was the first black neck swan successfully hatched in an incubator, city officials said. City officials said they think the swan was stolen.

A baby black neck swan is worth about $3,500- 4,000, city officials said.

The Lakeland Ledger reports the swan is about five weeks old. The swan was put in one of the city's pens earlier in the week so it could slowly get used to its new environment before it gets released.

Lakeland police told The Ledger it was too early in the investigation to decide whether the bird was stolen or eaten by another animal. 

If you have any information, you are asked to call Det. Dave Torres at 863-834-8965.

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