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Nov 13, 2009 4:43 PM by Lori Matsukawa

Injured swan hitches ride south for the winter

An injured swan unable to fly south was facing a long, cold Alaskan winter before getting a "wing up" from Alaska Airlines.

Marshmallow was found with an arrow lodged in her body in August.

She's been in the care of the Alaska Sealife Center since that time.

By the time she was ready to fly again her mate and the rest of their flock had already flown south for the winter.

A farm in Everett, Washington offered to take her in, but in order for that to happen Marshmallow had to hitch a ride.

She found one on an Alaska Airlines jet.

"We have transported some very interesting things around the state and outside as well but this one is very special," said Alaska Airlines' Bill MacKay.

Her new caretakers are hoping she'll eventually join other swans living in the tundra near Snohomish.

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