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Queenswide: School's peacock is caught and returned

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Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 11:34 am | Updated: 2:27 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

That peripatetic peacock from John Bowne High School that has 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 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.”

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