Bronx Zoo Peacock on the Run

Wednesday, May 11, 2011  |  Updated 7:28 AM EDT
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A female peacock escaped the Bronx Zoo on Tuesday. Pictured here is a male.

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There’s a new Bronx Zoo fugitive on the loose. This time, a female peacock, called a peahen, evaded her handlers and escaped a few blocks from the zoo, officials said Tuesday.

The brightly colored peacock was perched on top of a van on Morris Park Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. Her handlers approached her with nets and the Green Peahen took off, hiding in tall grass nearby.

As the zoo workers got close to her, the wily bird flew away again and hasn’t been seen since.

Peafowl roam freely at the Bronx Zoo, which is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Jim Breheny, Director of the Bronx Zoo, said the peacock poses no threat to anyone, but anyone who sees her would be wise to leave her alone.

"To ensure a good outcome to this situation we are asking reporters and the public not to follow or harass the bird," Breheny said. "Continuing this activity will likely frighten her and drive her farther away from home."    
 

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