An Indian judge has declared that peacocks, the country’s national bird, are too holy to reproduce naturally, but sire their offspring through tears. “A peacock is a lifelong celibate,” said Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma of the Rajasthan High Court. Peahens fall pregnant after swallowing the peacock’s tears. The comments provoked derision on social media and several videos of the birds mating were posted. Times, D.Telegraph, 2 June 2017.