SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two rare, black swans that were abandoned have been rescued in Southold.

As neighbors in kayaks worked to corral the birds from a creek, John Di Leonardo of Long Island Orchestrating Nature tried to scoop them up with a net.

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Di Leonardo said the black swans are native to Australia and he believes these two were hand-raised.

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In fact, the swans were being beaten up by much larger white swans before the rescue.

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Di Leonardo eventually got the black swans out of the water. They will likely head to a sanctuary.

CBSNewYork Team