Officer Used His Phone to Lure Escaped Peacock

Boston officer found a mating call
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2020 7:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Turns out you're not the only one desperate to break out of your home environment these days. A peacock named Snowbank fled Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, and was wooed back in a most unusual way. Zoo New England, which has the Franklin Park Zoo under its umbrella, says the zoo's peacocks wander about in a "free-roaming" manner. Zoo officials told the Boston Globe that Snowbank typically takes to a tree at night, and "this morning, instead of flying down onto zoo grounds, he flew outside of the gate, where he began his adventure."

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They speculate the animal was looking for a female to mate with, as it's currently mating season. An officer in the Roxbury section of the city capitalized upon that fact: A Boston Police Department post explains what happened next: "An officer on scene relied on his quick wit to track down a peacock mating call on his cellphone, successfully luring the bird into a fenced-in yard where he waited patiently for the arrival of Boston Animal Control." The New York Times describes such a call as "reminiscent of the squawking sound of party noisemakers." (Read more peacock stories.)

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