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Peacock on the run is returned to Bowne

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 5:14 am, Wed Dec 24, 2014.

That peripatetic peacock from John Bowne High School that had been AWOL for a couple of weeks, was caught and returned to the Flushing campus on Friday morning.

Assistant Principal Steve Perry said that Animal Care and Control of NYC had been on the case since the bird was first seen in the nearby Kew Gardens Hills area in mid-August. Perry heads the agriculture program at the school, which has numerous animals, including peacocks.

He speculates that the bird got scared during a storm and took off. His wings had been clipped, but Perry thinks they grew back.

The assistant principal has been working with Animal Care and Control and praised the agency for persevering in finding the bird. “They were phenomenal,” Perry said.

After several attempts to capture the peacock, this time the city employees worked with a wildlife rehabilitator, Bobby Horvath, and netted the recalcitrant bird.

“He’s back on campus and looks great,” Perry said of the peacock. “We’ve already clipped his wings and he seems happy to be back.”

The assistant principal had believed all along that it was just a matter of time before the missing bird was captured and returned. “I wasn’t worried about him because peacocks are good scavengers and he’s used to the elements,” Perry said.

Now, the wayward peacock, who shall remain nameless because he never had one, is back with the other barnyard critters at Bowne, just in time for the opening of school on Thursday.

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