Boston Police Officer Saves Escaped Zoo Peacock by Playing Mating Call on His Phone
A spokesperson for the Franklin Park Zoo said the peacock may have accidentally ventured out while looking for a female to mate with
One Boston peacock got a little lost looking for love.
On Monday, police officers patrolling in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood were "approached by a concerned citizen that an animal had escaped from the zoo," the Boston Police Department wrote on its blog.
When officers arrived at the scene, they "were met by an extremely large, slightly intimidating, and quite beautiful, male peacock."
As it turns out, the peacock, whose name is Snowbank, was one of the four "free-roaming" birds at the Franklin Park Zoo, according to CNN.
"While they typically wander throughout the Zoo, it is currently mating season, and it's possible he ventured out looking for love in search of a peahen (female peacock)," a spokesperson for the zoo told the outlet.
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One officer was able to find a peacock mating call on his cell phone, and successfully lured the bird into a nearby fenced-in yard where they waited until Boston Animal Control arrived safely take Snowbank back to the zoo.
"Upon learning of the peacock's adventure, our animal care team at the Zoo worked quickly with the Boston Police Department and Animal Control to recover the peacock, and we're happy to report he is now back at the zoo and doing well," the zoo's spokesperson told CNN.
"We appreciate everyone's help in bringing him back home," they added, "and we look forward to welcoming guests back to the zoo to see these beautiful birds in person soon."
The Franklin Park Zoo is currently closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"Our animals are healthy and well, and we will continue to provide them with the dedicated, professional care that we always have. Critical operations staff, including animal care teams and other selected employees, will continue working at the zoo to provide vital care to our animals and infrastructure," zoo staff wrote on the Franklin Park website. "We have a good stock of essential food and medical supplies for our animals, and will prepare contingencies and proactively monitor our supply chain to assure essentials remain on hand."