At the heart of Millersville University’s picturesque 250-acre campus is our historic pond which is home to our two resident swans, Miller and S’ville.
- 1966 – 2 swans were purchased for $100 by the Millersville Business Associates
- Swans named Fred and Ethel
- 1987 – Swans were named Miller and S’Ville (Seville)
- May 2000 – Last time Millersville swans produced 8 cygnets (baby swans)
- January 2007 – new swans were introduced to the pond
- Millers is the male swan (called a cob)
- S'Ville is the the female (called a pen)
- Swans usually form pairs for life
- The young or baby swans are called cygnets.
- Swan nests are usually a large pile of reeds and water plants.
- Female usually lays four to six eggs
- She incubates them until they hatch about 30-35 days later.
- The male guards the nest from predators and may take over incubation so that the female can feed.
- The babies emerge short-necked and thickly downed; though capable of running and swimming a few hours after hatching, they are carefully tended for several months
- Both parents tend the cygnets, which are sometimes seen riding on the back of a swimming parent.
- Cygnets first learn to float in the water, then start to fly in about 60-75 days.
- Young swans do not grow their white feathers until the next summer