Mystery Camden peacock is London Zoo fugitive which escaped last year

PUBLISHED: 14:27 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:39 17 June 2015

The peacock perched on a garden fence in Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead.

The peacock perched on a garden fence in Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead.


Bosses at London Zoo believe the mystery peacock spotted roaming the streets of Camden this week is a fugitive which escaped last year.

The peacock wandering down Fitzjohn's Avenue.The peacock wandering down Fitzjohn's Avenue.

Members of the public have been left baffled by the peacock which has been spotted in several Camden locations since Friday but the Ham&High can reveal the errant bird is an escapee from London Zoo.

The feathered female, known as a peahen, is believed to be the same bird which escaped from the Regent’s Park zoo last June.

A London Zoo spokesman said the bird originally escaped after a member of the public left open an entrance to the Snowdon Aviary enclosure.

Zookeepers have been tracking the peahen, which roosts in tall trees in Regent’s Park, since it escaped but have been unable to re-capture it.

The peacock on Haverstock Hill, in Belsize Park, on Friday.The peacock on Haverstock Hill, in Belsize Park, on Friday.

The bird first came to attention last year when it was spotted walking through Camden Town and was attacked by dive-bombing seagulls.

Its random re-appearance near Belsize Park Tube station on Friday afternoon sparked fears there was a new bird on the loose.

The peahen has since travelled more than a mile by foot, hopping through gardens and captivating residents along the way.

She was spotted as recently as Tuesday morning while perched on a wall close to Finchley Road and Frognal station. Her current whereabouts are unknown but a Twitter account purportedly run by the “Camden Peacock” was set up today.

A spokesman for London Zoo said: “Keepers are attempting to get her back. If anyone spots the peafowl, please give us a call on 020 7449 6200.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ham&High. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express