18th Oct, 2017

'Jealous' Hatton peacock damaging cars by attacking own reflection

Stratford Editorial 31st Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A JEALOUS peacock has ruffled a few feathers at Hatton Country World after he caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to customer cars by attacking his reflection.

Percy the peacock began picking fights with his reflection while he roamed around the country site during the summer – coincidentally also mating season.

One BMW needed £3,000 worth of repairs after the promiscuous peacock scratched the vehicle with his claws.

He has had to be confined to a pen following the incidents but staff hope seven-year-old Percy’s wild days may be now over after he was paired with a mate called Priscilla.

Hatton manager Richard Craddock said: “Visitors love Percy, but he thinks his reflection is a rival and this has meant he has caused some damage to vehicles. Priscilla has been really good for him and calmed him down.

“People can still see Percy but he will be in his generous pen until September. He is happy and calm now Priscilla is around and he will be back out in autumn when he is a little more placid.”

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