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A Peacock Flew The Coop, Remains On The Prowl In Parkville

PARKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) -- They can walk, run and fly very high. And one of them is on the loose in a Baltimore County neighborhood.

Ron Matz has more on a pesky peacock on the prowl in Parkville.

He was in his corn crib. His companion is still there. But three weeks ago, one peacock flew the coop from Weber's Cider Mill Farm.

"He was in his cage on he was on the ground and he just flew straight up out of the hole at the top. He's been on the prowl ever since," said Jo-Ann Weber, of Weber's Cider Mill Farm in Parkville.

"It's amazing they can fly straight up. You don't expect a bird with that volume to go straight up," Weber said.

Peacocks are large colorful pheasant-like birds. The Webers say neighbors in Parkville have been patient. One has even set up a trap with some meal warms.

"The neighbors have been great about this. It's one of these things. It's going to be very difficult to catch him and not harm him. We're trying to go the slow way, the patient way, and lure him into a nice trap," said Steve Weber, of Weber's Cider Mill Farm.

They have tried to capture the elusive bird in the neighborhood just a few blocks from Weber's, but it hasn't been easy.

"They're wily. They can fly straight up into the air. I've learned a lot about peacocks. They're not afraid of people, but they wont let you get close," Steve Weber said.

Andy Diehl is one person who got oh-so-close to catching the bird.

"We got a call from a gentleman on Satyr Hill Road. He had a nice fenced in property, perfect position. We got there and we had it cornered. We thought for sure we had him. But darn if these birds don't just fly right up. Within five feet, he was just gone," said Diehl, a worker at the farm.

"Its been quite an adventure. I know a lot more about peacocks than I ever thought I would," Jo-Ann Weber said.

They strut their stuff and they can fly. A pesky peacock in Parkville--a bird of another feather.

"We've chased cows, pigs and chickens but we haven't found any wildlife expert or bird expert willing to take the case. I think that tells you a lot about peacocks. I just can't thank our neighbors enough for being patient and helping round him up," Steve Weber said.

The Webers say they hope they can catch the bird soon. They will relocate both peacocks to a large farm in northern Baltimore County.

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