Search

Peacock spotted walking around Camden Town after escape from London Zoo

17:44 30 June 2014

The peahen was spotted atop a building on Sunday

The peahen was spotted atop a building on Sunday

Archant

A peacock that escaped from London Zoo over the weekend has been spotted walking through Camden Town and being attacked by dive-bombing seagulls.

The female peacock, known as a peahen, is one of just two held by the zoo and has now taken up a new home at the top of a tree in Regent’s Park.

Having spread its wings - and survived its brush with the seagulls - the bird is now seemingly content to roost in the park with zoo keepers spending the best part of their weekend trying to coax her down with dead rodents.

Officials believe the peahen escaped after a visitor propped open a door to her enclosure in the zoo’s Snowdon Aviary.

Describing her as “peaceful and friendly”, the zoo’s keepers say they have kept “a very close eye” on the bird since she escaped.

But that didn’t stop it paying a visit to the more urban areas of Camden surrounding the zoo, which is based in Regent’s Park.

The peahen stopped traffic yesterday morning after walking nonchalantly down Oval Road in Camden Town.

Peter Bridgman, who was cycling past, said: “In front of all these cars that had stopped I saw this big exotic peacock walking calmly down the road.

“Then two seagulls started dive-bombing it to scare it away - it was an extraordinary sight with the birds making a huge amount of noise.”

London Zoo says if it can’t lure the peahen down with its favourite food it will try to capture it using large nets.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

11:57
'Brexit means Brexit' Theresa May tells conservatives in Hampstead

Just hours after announcing her bid to become leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May was given a standing ovation as she swept into Hampstead - keeping a date with the local Tories which she made months ago.

11:47
Sir Keir Starmer has called for racist abuse to stop

A racism warning has been issued after National Front stickers appeared on lampposts in Camden.

10:55
British soldiers negotiating a shell-cratered, winter landscape along the River Somme in late 1916 after the close of the Allied offensive. Picture: PA/EMPICS

A Hampstead author’s new book explores the impact of the Battle of the Somme, on the 100th anniversary of the World War One conflict.

09:35
Ocado chief executive Tim Steiner leaves The Royal Courts of Justice where he is embroiled in a High Court fight over money with his estranged wife Belinda.

The Highgate multimillionaire boss of online supermarket Ocado and his ex-wife faced each other across a courtroom, as they began one of Britain’s biggest ever divorce battles.

Yesterday, 18:11
The daily school-runs cause traffic queues in Fitzjohn's Avenue and Arkwright Road.

Police have stepped up patrols outside schools in Hampstead - after a spate of road rage incidents during school run times.

Yesterday, 18:08
Gabriella Ratcliffe helped light a candle for her mother

A child in Iran gazed at a candle flame as a London crowd prayed for the Iranian authorities to release Nazanin, held without charge since April 3

Yesterday, 17:24
Charaf El Moudden has been jailed for five years

A ‘celebrity obsessed’ burglar who targeted pop star Rita Ora’s Kensal Rise home in a raid worth more than £200,000 has been jailed for five years.

Yesterday, 11:21
Mikhail Fridman, international businessman and new owner of Athlone House

Mikhail Fridman, a Ukranian-born oligarch and the chairman of investment business Letter One, exclusively describes his vision for Athlone House

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Copyright: Erich Spiegelhalter/Schwarzwald

Embark on a three day round trip (including flights) during which you will taste local specialities such as the famous Black Forest Gateau, discover nature, absorb vibrant city culture, learn about technological innovations, indulge yourself in the plentiful wellness spas, take some shots on the golf course, and enjoy family fun at Germany’s largest theme park.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe