Missing peacock raises concern
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.’’