VICTORIA – A promiscuous and prolific peacock was relocated by animal control officials after installing a new home near an apartment in Victoria and causing a lot of commotion.
People who live in front of Beacon Hill Park know very well that this time of year is a mating season for peacocks. They are a vocal group, even when they stay in the park, but this year, a bird took its show on the road.
“From 5:30 am to 8:00 pm, he did his mating dance in front of our door and attracted the ladies,” said Susan Simmons.
“At first it was very cute, but then it gets very frustrating because of the noise.”
Residents called the peacock “Peat”. He fought another man to claim his territory on 240 Douglas Rd.
“He owned the building, the women heard him making calls and he had three regulars who sat on the fence and waited for him,” she said. “A little Studio 54 glitter dancing going on here.”
According to Simmons, the peacock attacked someone in the building, so residents called it animal control.
“He was getting aggressive and he became very territorial,” she said. “He has quite a reputation.”
Animal control officer Chris McAllister said police officers came to the house on Thursday and managed to move the peacock.
“I think he was looking out the door to be honest,” laughed Simmons. “He would see his reflection in the mirror.”
McAllister said it is common for peacocks to leave the park, but the park was very stubborn.
“He kept going back to the same door,” said McAllister.
The peacock even ran away or tried to run away from the officers.
“They finally took him and moved him to the other side of the park and in two hours he was installed again and the women were here,” said Simmons.
Animal control officers returned on Friday and removed him and transferred him to a human facility to give him time away from his mating prospects.
“They just want to let their hormones calm down for the moment. I am curious to see in two weeks whether he will return, ”said Simmons.
The peacock will remain in the undisclosed location, where officers expect their aggression to subside.