So This Happened This Weekend

So my girlfriend and I were visiting the sculpture garden at St. John the Divine Cathedral this weekend.

Specifically, to look at that statue/fountain/whatever in the lower right hand corner of the picture.

Specifically, to look at that statue/fountain/whatever in the lower right hand corner of the picture.

And while we’re there, we see this just sitting there on one of the benches:

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Yes, that does indeed appear to be a white peacock.  I have no idea what it was doing there, or who brought it.  And someone had to brought it; peacocks are hardly native to New York (state or city).  There was a fellow who seemed to be keeping an eye on it, but it was mostly wandering around loose, which is strange to me.  It seems like a white peacock would be moderately valuable animal, and New York is full of peacock-killing threats that range from hawks to cars.  It seems an odd choice for a petting-zoo animal, though it did seem reasonably docile and had the benefit of making no bigger mess than any other bird. 

In the end, I gave up on trying to figure it out and just took pictures.  Living in New York, man.  Never know what to expect.

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3 responses to “So This Happened This Weekend

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  2. Peafowl are apparently hardy, manageable, easily-bred buggers with a good sense of territorial boundary-up my way in Michigan, zoos like Binder & Potter Park give these birds the run of the place (aside from the carnivore pens, natch). They seem to readily acclimate around crowds; I used to stalk ’em around said zoos at age 7, and the ‘cocks/hens in question barely bothered to maintain much of a gap between us. As game/farm birds go, they’re also cheaper than you’d think-prices seem to run from $150 to $300.

    • That seems to be the way they’re handled in the Central Park Zoo, too – one of my friends forwarded me a news story about one of the peacocks flying to a fifth-story window on the wrong side of Fifth Avenue.

      I’m learning all sorts of things about peafowl thanks to this post. It’s very interesting.

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