Residents are ruffled by feathered visitors
PUBLISHED: 11:36 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 14:45 12 May 2010
RESIDENTS have been getting the bird - and police have been called in to investigate the matter. The problem has been caused by the unexpected arrival of two peacocks which has taken to living in the urban area rather than the more sedate surroundings o
RESIDENTS have been getting the bird - and police have been called in to investigate the matter.
The problem has been caused by the unexpected arrival of two peacocks which has taken to "living" in the urban area rather than the more sedate surroundings of a Stately home.
Since first coming to Royston several weeks ago, the peacocks have continued to wander unannounced into a number of gardens. Once there, they they have set about eating plants from hanging baskets and drinking from various bird baths.
They have even been caught climbing on roof tops. No-one knows exactly where they have come from - and no one knows where they will next appear.
Maggie Church, of Poplar Drive, Royston said: "I was minding my own business, hanging my washing out one morning when suddenly two peacocks appeared on my garden fence.
"I didn't mind at first. They seemed happy enough and they weren't aggressive. But I was glad when they both left.
"At one point they jumped up on to our roof, and we had to shut the windows just in case they got in. I think they spent about four or five days in our garden."
Mrs Church added: "We tried getting them moved, but the RSPCA said that there was nothing that it could do. My concern was what if they started breeding? The next thing you know you could have a whole family living in your garden."
A number of sightings have been reported over the past weeks.
The peacocks were last seen in Mill Road, Royston.
Rachel Lamby of Mill Road said: "They just appeared from nowhere in my garden. I just couldn't believe it. They are definitely lost, but where have they come from?
"I've contacted a number of local farms, and the RSPB has already said that there is nothing it can really do.
"Hopefully, someone will realise they are missing or offer them a home. I just hope someone claims them soon."
Police believe that they have escaped or been let go by a private owner and the RSPCA has urged residents not to feed them and keep their distance because they may become volatile if they feel they are being threatened.
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