Animal Control captures peacock

July 11, 2011 7:51:24 AM PDT
Sunday was an unusual day on the job for one Animal Control officer in Chicago.

Maryann Howard was called to round up a peacock in the 3000-block of West 19th Street. She said she had seen the peacock Sunday morning several blocks away but she wasn't able to catch it.

In all her years as an Animal Control officer, Howard says she's never encountered a peacock. The bird also stunned people living in the neighborhood where it was found.

"I jumped back, and I'm like, 'Why is a peacock outside the house?' I thought it was a prank. I thought it was fake. Then when I looked it was just sitting there looking like, 'When are you going to open the door?'" Clifford Kenniel said.

"I'm like, 'It's an actual peacock? Are you serious?' And I had to put on my glasses 'cause I'm like, 'I can't see.' And when I put them on it was most definitely a peacock," Alexandria Wright said.

It's unclear where the peacock came from. A city spokesperson says it will be held as a stray. If no one comes forward, it will go to a sanctuary.


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