So my girlfriend and I were visiting the sculpture garden at St. John the Divine Cathedral this weekend.
And while we’re there, we see this just sitting there on one of the benches:
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.