Miss­ing pea­cock raises con­cern

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East Auck­land res­i­dents are ques­tion­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of a fre­quent­ing pea­cock near their homes af­ter he went miss­ing more than a month ago.

A lo­cal, who does not want to be named, spoke to the East­ern Courier about her con­cerns.

‘‘What we re­ally want to know is what hap­pened to him. We think he was hit by a car on Dan­nemora Drive,’’ she says.

The woman came home from work on a week­day last month and found, what she thought, was a mas­sive heap of fern leaves scat­tered across the road.

‘‘I thought some­body had been through with a truck of gar­den rub­bish. As I went through it, I re­alised ‘oh god it’s not, it’s pea­cock feathers’.’’

She sent her adult daugh­ter to take a closer look, who in­formed her that the feathers were still all over the road but there was no body.

‘‘I rang the SPCA and said ‘did some­body hit him, was he in­jured and has he come to you?’. The SPCA looked it up and said ‘no we’ve had no records’,’’ the con­cerned res­i­dent says.

‘‘I thought he might have been hit re­ally hard and flown. I looked as much as I could into back­yards and thought maybe he’s hid­ing un­der a hedge or tree and he’s re­ally in­jured. ‘‘It’s all just a mys­tery.’’ Peafowl have been in the Lo­gan Carr Re­serve area of Dan­nemora since it was farm­land. In 2014, the Auck­land Coun­cil sought feed­back from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to come up with a so­lu­tion that com­bined best prac­tice in bird wel­fare and man­age­ment. Most of the peacocks were re-homed to a farm in Botany, but some evaded cap­ture and their pop­u­la­tion has de­clined from nat­u­ral causes since.

She and neigh­bours are now sad­dened that even the last pea­cock, lov­ingly nick­named Cap­tain or Mr Pe­abody by some, has dis­ap­peared.

‘‘It was sad that he sep­a­rated and now he’s gone.’’

The coun­cil’s head of op­er­a­tional man­age­ment and main­te­nance, Agnes McCor­mack, say got it has not been alerted to the death of any peacocks in Dan­nemora.

But the lo­cal pea­cock sup­porter just wants some clo­sure.

‘‘All we want to know is, if he was killed out­right then we know he didn’t suf­fer,’’ the Dan­nemora res­i­dent says.

‘‘Did some­body pick him up, do the de­cent thing, and take him to a vet? Ev­ery­body’s spec­u­lat­ing. We just want some an­swers.’’

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