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Lost your peacock? SC police are trying to reunite exotic bird, owner

A member of the Spartanburg Police Department's Animal Services unit holds a peacock she retrieved in the road.
A member of the Spartanburg Police Department's Animal Services unit holds a peacock she retrieved in the road. Spartanburg Police Department

Even this South Carolina law enforcement agency can’t believe it is asking the question.

“Ok. (Whose) peacock is this?” the Spartanburg Police Department posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

Aware of the unusual nature of the question, the Police Department’s post then said, “Yep. That’s something we never thought we would post.”

But somebody is missing an exotic pet. The peacock was found in the street in the morning, according to the Facebook post.



After a member of Spartanburg’s Animal Services received a call about the peacock, it safely corralled the male bird with help from a resident, according to the post.

The Police Department then used Facebook to advance its search to find the owner.

“Seriously though, if you’re missing a peacock, we can direct you to reclaim him,” the Police Department said.

Peacocks are not native to South Carolina but have been domesticated in the U.S. from their native Asia, Texas Standard reported.

While they have been kept as pets for thousands of years, “they can be testy and do not mix well with other domestic birds,” according to National Geographic.

Peacocks kept as pets in a Tampa, Florida, town became the targets of teenagers who shot and killed a number of the birds in March, McClatchy reported.

A pet peacock made headlines when an artist from Brooklyn attempted to board a flight to Los Angeles with her “emotional support peacock,” according to McClatchy. The bird was not allowed to fly on the United plane.

A woman flying from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport on January 28 had her request to bring her emotional support animal on board declined by United Airlines – her support animal was a peacock.



Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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