Mystery peacocks cause a frenzy in week-long escape around Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 15:53 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:53 19 May 2016
Members of the public got themselves into a flap last week after two escaped peacocks were spotted roaming the streets.
The feathered truants escaped from their home in Somerset Gardens, Hornchurch on May 5, and caused a stir on social media.
The fearsome pair ruffled feathers as they appeared in gardens, patrolling the streets and even peering into residents windows, as they enjoyed their wild adventure.
Andy Wilkin, 33, from Hedingham Road, spotted the birds on May 9, and started a liveblog on his website Hornchurch Life to keep residents updated.
He said: “I was walking down the street and all of a sudden I saw two peacocks walking down the street.
“I was close to home and so headed back to get my wife and two daughters to help with the peacock hunt, but they’d left by the time we returned.
“I had a photo I showed to my wife to confirm that I wasn’t going completely mad.”
Andy said: “It’s certainly
one of the most unexpected things I’ve ever seen in Hornchurch.”
“It’s been something I’ve wanted to tell everyone about as soon as I saw them – it’s fun to start a conversation with “I saw two peacocks walking down the road today.”
Nicknamed the Dury Falls peacocks, after the estate, the pair returned home on Thursday last week, where owner Shobuz Chowdhury, 38 was relieved to see them.
He said: “I was very happy to see them, especially as my children had been concerned. They were very hungry when they returned.
“I recently visited Bangladesh, where I’m from, and my three-year-old daughter misunderstood and thought the peacocks had travelled to Bangladesh.”
Mr Chowdhury, a senior manager at Royal Mail, has owned the birds for a year, and said he was attracted to their bright colours.
He said: “They are Indian blue peafowl.
“They can’t really fly but they can jump quite high, so when they jumped into my neighbour’s garden, I just had to hope they would return.”