Bowne High School’s missing peacock is still on the loose, but school officials hope to have him back before the start of school next Thursday.
The elusive bird has been on the run in the Kew Gardens Hills area since mid-August, having left its home on the Bowne campus, located at 63-25 Main St. in Flushing. The school, which is known for its agricultural program, maintains chickens, alpacas, pheasants, a miniature horse and more.
Assistant Principal Steve Perry, who heads the agriculture program at Bowne, was away on vacation last week, but since then has been searching for the pesky peacock. “We think he got scared during a storm and took off,” Perry said. “His wings were clipped, but must have grown back.”
He said the bird can fly, but not very high and, like all peacocks, is a great scavenger. “He lives outside, so I’m not worried about the elements and he can get food on his own,” Perry noted.
He has been working closely with Animal Care and Control of NYC to find and capture the peacock, without success.
On Monday, the bird was sighted at 69th Road and later at 68th Drive, where Animal Care and Control workers tried unsuccessfully to net him. The peacock got away and flew to a roof.
“He’s in the neighborhood,” Perry said. “Eventually, we’ll get him back.”