Grumpy Feared to Be Victim of Swan-napping

WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Grumpy the swan is missing.

The bird is usually seen swimming by himself at the Humane Society pond north of Westminster or resting with the pond's geese.

But since Monday, Grumpy -- so named because his former owners said he couldn't get along with other swans -- has been missing.

Staff are afraid he was taken by someone looking for a friend for their own swan. Grumpy can't fly, and there was no sign of white feathers to lead them to think he was attacked by a predator.

"They can sneak him back," said Nicky Ratliff, executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County.

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