There’s a neighborhood in Surrey, British Columbia that’s being overrun by feral peacocks.
Peacocks are laying siege to a Canadian neighborhood, attacking luxury cars:
The peacocks, protected by the government, have taken to attacking cars. They mistake their reflections in dark-colored car panels for a rival mate and attempt to fight it.
“With the dark-colored cars, they can see their reflection fairly clearly, so they mistake that as another peacock and have at it,” a resident told a CTV News, “They’ll get the front panel, the side panel, the rear panel and then work around to the other side.”
There's a peacock problem in this #Surrey neighborhood! The birds catch themselves in the reflection of vehicles, and end up scratching the cars. Neighbours say they're also extremely loud. City officials say they're speaking with experts to determine next steps. pic.twitter.com/nTAOZr4vJ8
— Sarah MacDonald (@smacdonald__) June 2, 2018
Evidently they only stop when the car is so dented they can no longer make out their fictitious fighting partner. It’s currently mating season, and that’s making the whole situation worse.
Recently, a local man was so annoyed at the ongoing peacock problem (the birds are also very loud) chopped down a tree the birds had been nesting in and receiver a $1,000 fine. He was happy to pay it.
A homeowner in Surrey is facing a $1,000 fine after illegally cutting down a tree in which a group of peacocks have been nesting for more than a decade: https://t.co/Q1HLbWMM6J pic.twitter.com/nArxZmJHfe
— CTV Vancouver (@CTVVancouver) May 1, 2018
“The last four years, I’ve tried with the city from every possible angle,” he said, ”Forty-plus peacocks were going up on my roof every night.”
h/t: CTV News