Fort Myers woman seeking help for peacock stranded in tree

A peacock is stranded in a near leafless tree, in the heat with no food or water for three days as concern mounts among tenants in a nearby apartment complex on the 5400 block of 9th Avenue in the Pine Manor area of Fort Myers on Tuesday.

Photo by Submitted Lucinda Loya

A peacock is stranded in a near leafless tree, in the heat with no food or water for three days as concern mounts among tenants in a nearby apartment complex on the 5400 block of 9th Avenue in the Pine Manor area of Fort Myers on Tuesday.

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The peacock was stranded for three days ...

The peacock reported by a Fort Myers woman as stuck in a tree and in-need of help may be just fine, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said today.

Lucinda Loya of 9th Avenue in the Pine Manor area said she was concerned on Tuesday that a peacock was in a tree behind her home for three days without leaving. She looked out her apartment window to a suffering colorful bird for three or four days and said she couldn't seem to get anyone to help rescue it.

"It's scared to fly down," Loya said. "It hasn't eaten. No water."

She said she contacted the fire department and animal control, but no one is willing to come to the bird's rescue.

"The woman who answered the phone just laughed at me," Loya said.

South Trail Fire Department spokeswoman Christie Knudsen said there hasn't been a report of a stranded peacock and said it must have been an error.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services doesn't deal with peacocks, said officials there.

"We only do cats, dogs and ferrets," a DAS clerk said.

Instead, she suggested, Florida Wildlife Commission or a private wildlife removal company in the area.

FWC spokesman Gary Morse said on Wednesday that because peacocks are domestic foul like chicken, it's not a species the commission usually handles.

Nonetheless, Morse said he didn't think the bird was stranded in a tree.

"I don't understand how it could get stuck in a tree," Morse said.

Even if it were injured, he said, it must have flown there.

"It may just be rehabbing," Morse added.

He said the peacocks are a non-native, pet species released into the wild similar to the pythons and are not particularly healthy as competitors to the native habitat.

Loya wasn't immediately available today to share whether her concerns have waned.

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A Fort Myers woman is getting the run around while a peacock remains stuck in a nearby tree today for a third-straight day.

Lucinda Loya has looked out her apartment window, located on 9th Avenue in the Pine Manor area, to a suffering colorful bird since this weekend and can't seem to get anyone to help rescue it, she says.

"It's scared to fly down," Loya said. "It hasn't eaten. No water."

She said she contacted the fire department and animal control, but no one is willing to come to the bird's rescue.

"The woman who answered the phone just laughed at me," Loya said.

South Trail Fire Department spokeswoman Christie Knudsen said there hasn't been a report of a stranded peacock and said it must have been an error.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services doesn't deal with peacocks, said officials there.

"We only do cats, dogs and ferrets," a DAS clerk said.

She said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission may be able to assist or a private wildlife removal company in the area.

FWC spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro wasn't immediately aware of the situation, but said a colleague in Lee County would be able to learn more.

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