For the past several months, an elusive peacock nicknamed “Pete” has been creating quite a stir in Brookhaven.
“I fear for this bird and its well-being just as many other people do, especially now that the cold weather has come,” said resident Laird Shively during a recent Council meeting. “However, this bird has also become somewhat of a problem for my wife and me because he has chosen our front porch and my banister, on which he likes to perch every day or two. He comes onto our front porch and defecates all over.”
Shively said the bird has been visiting him for more than two months, and, like others in the neighborhood, he and his wife started out feeding the wayward peacock, but now it has become a nuisance and health hazard.
“I have more or less, shall we say, suffered in silence,” Shively said. “I have cleaned up his messes. I do not want to see any harm come to this bird, but I don’t see why we have to be set with this inconvenience and nuisance. This is not a sanitary condition. I see people having this bird in their backyards around children’s playground and swing sets. I’m just not sure this is the best thing.”
The peacock and a buddy initially showed up in the borough in June following a bad storm that resulted in great property damage and downed trees.
Private animal control officer Dave Schlott said he, several police officers, and a few residents were able to capture one of the birds on the grounds of the Pusey Plantation in Upland. However, the second peacock is eluding capture and, in Schlott’s words, is “very fast.”
Schlott said when the first peacock was netted, the second one flew about 50 feet up in the air and perched on a tree branch.
“Peacocks are very difficult to catch,” Schlott said. They are known to survive in the winter. I’ve gotten within five feet of the bird, and tried to net it, but he is really quick. Unfortunately, it is not safe to tranquilize the animal.”
The owner of both birds resides in nearby Wawa. Schlott said he personally returned the first peacock to the owner.
“Pete” the peacock has become an internet sensation with faithful followers on the Brookhaven 19015 Facebook page. His photograph and escapades are frequently updated.
“I wish someone could catch him,” said one resident. “I really don’t want to see him attacked or hurt. Plus, it’s cold outside.”