Peacock that stole Welwyn Garden City residents' hearts rehomed

Peter the Peacock. Picture: Tatum Wilkin.

Peter the Peacock. Picture: Tatum Wilkin.

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A peacock who has been lurking around Welwyn Garden City for five months has finally been caught and rehomed - but is going to be "super" missed by residents.

Resident Hannah Brownlee said she was Resident Hannah Brownlee said she was "sad to see him go". Picture: Hannah Brownlee.

Named ‘Peter the Peacock’ by residents and also nicknamed ‘Panshanger’s Peacock’, Peter was first spotted on June 8, by a resident who asked Facebook users “anyone missing a peacock?”.

On July 11 a concerned resident spotted him in Russett Wood while other Sylvandale residents recalled spotting him almost daily.

One neighbour commented: “He walks round like he owns the joint”, whilst others referred to him as “part of the furniture”.

Chriss Green spotted him being chased by a cat on July 1 but Peter managed to escape with only a few feathers missing.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: “We had received calls concerned for the welfare of a peacock which had been spotted in an area of Welwyn Garden City.

“Our officer had been out several times to check on the peacock and was concerned that the bird was straying onto the road in front of moving traffic, and they feared it was only a matter of time before he may have been involved with a collision with a vehicle.”

One of the charity’s officers and a vet nurse managed to catch him on Wednesday, October 3, and he has now been rehomed to a “lovely” farm in the Royston area where he will be kept with other peacocks and hens.

The spokeswoman added: “We have been told he has settled in well and is enjoying his new surroundings and making new friends.

“While the RSPCA would not normally collect a fit and healthy peacock, in this instance there appeared to be a clear welfare concern for the bird, which is why our officer decided the best thing for him was to move him.”

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