An vicious sex-crazed peacock who made residents’ lives a misery by turning their doorstep into a love nest has been put in solitary confinement.
The angry bird staked out its territory outside an apartment building in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where it has attacked tenants, scared off postal workers and even caused a car accident.
One resident, 55-year-old Susan Simmons, said things came to a head when the peacock started getting aggressive with people.
In once case he even injured an elderly resident, leaving her with a gash over an inch long on her arm, as well as various bumps and bruises.
Susan said: “There is a senior woman, in her 90s, who lives in the building. She is quite tiny.
“She was coming home one day and got a bit too close to Pea. He flew up and struck her hand with his claw.
“She had a significant wound for some time. I think it was very shocking for her.”
Ms Simmons said several visitors to the property had been chased off.
She continued: “I think the longer he stayed the more territorial he became.
“It was often hard to enter the building as his feathers reached across both doors and you certainly wouldn’t want to interrupt a mating dance which happened regularly.”
She added: “One day I was on my front balcony and watched Pea chase the FedEx driver off the property.
“Another day our mail carrier was not quite sure how to get into the building. He said he didn’t quite know how to explain to his boss why he was not able to deliver the parcels.
“I also watched him chase our gardener out onto the street.”
Residents initially enjoyed having the lustful bird around, but he soon outstayed his welcome.
“At first, we quite enjoyed Pea’s daily show,” said Ms Simmons.
“He would often stand in front of the door fanning his feathers. The hens would wander over, each taking turns dancing with him.
“He had three or four regular visitors. Over time though his calls became unbearable.”
Locals think the peacock may have wandered over from the neighbouring Beacon Hill Park when lockdown closed the park’s petting zoo and food became less plentiful.
“The neighbourhood also changed, with far less traffic on the street between my building and the park,” said Ms Simmons.
“As the lockdown began to lift, Pea would scream at every large vehicle.”
Ms Simmons added: “He also often called out to the hens in the park inviting them over for his show. The noise was constant, sometimes starting at 5.30am and not ending until after 8.00pm.
“And he made quite a mess of the property. Our concierge had to clean the path to our front door more often than usual.”
“Pea also went to battle with other neighbourhood peacocks. One night he was duking it out in the middle of the street, stopping traffic for about 30 minutes.
She continued: “I watched him chase the other bird halfway across the park. I have seen them fight in front of our property as well.
“On another occasion he darted out into the middle of the street and caused a car accident.”
At first, residents tried to move the bird along with peppery water, but one of the tenants tipped off animal control and a sign went up threatening a $ 2000 CAD (£1,160) fine for disturbing the bird.
Animal control officers subsequently tried to deal with the issue and, after a day chasing the peacock, captured him and released him on the other side of the park.
“Within two hours he was back at our property calling out letting us know he was home,” said Ms Simmons.
The peacock has now been captured again and taken away.
“I have been told he is in peacock jail for the next few weeks,” said Susan.
Animal control officials believe that a spell in “solitary confinement” will break his routine of hanging out by the building.