RAW VIDEO: Peacock stuck in tree
The peacock was stranded for three days ...
South Trail firefighters rescued a peacock on the loose in Fort Myers today, making the now caged bird a seemingly unhappy target of their heroism but restoring peace to the neighborhood.
The peacock, which was reported by a Fort Myers woman as stuck in a tree and in-need of help Tuesday, is home safe today, said South Trail Fire Department spokeswoman Christie Knudson.
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 a few days and said she couldn't seem to get anyone to help rescue it.
"It's scared to fly down," Loya had said. "It hasn't eaten. No water."
She said she contacted the fire department and animal control, but no one was willing to come to the bird's rescue as of Tuesday.
"The woman who answered the phone just laughed at me," Loya had said.
By Wednesday afternoon, after two visits from the fire department, the peacock was returned safely to its owner, Knudson said.
The fire department has rescued many domestic animals, bringing them safely back home, although this is their first peacock, she added.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse said that because peacocks are domestic fowl like chicken, it's not a species the commission usually handles. Nonetheless, Morse said he didn't think the bird was really stranded, but rather wanted to be there.
"I don't understand how it could get stuck in a tree," Morse said.
South Trail firefighters decided to take a look for themselves on Wednesday morning and saw the bird in no apparent distress through their binoculars, Knudson reported.
The peacock, owned by someone at 1574 Maple Drive, has been loose in the neighborhood before, Knudson said. The owner's name was not released.
Morse said peacocks are a non-native, pet species and when released into the wild, similar to the pythons, are not particularly healthy as competitors to the native habitat. It's also not legal to let them roam, he said.
When firefighters made their second visit to the property on Wednesday afternoon, they saw the bird had come down from the tree on its own. They gently scooped the peacock up with one of their jackets, Knudson said.
"He's back in his cage now, safely, with food and water. He's not real happy to be in there," Knudson said.