There's A Peacock Running ‘Afowl’ In Murray

Jul 2, 2019

Peahen spotted around 6th and Elm in Murray on Saturday morning.
Credit Jenni Todd / WKMS

Update: Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society of Calloway County said on July 8 that the peacock has been reunited with its presumed owner. 

What appears to be a seemingly lost juvenile male peacock* (see note at the bottom of the story) has been spotted roaming around the eastern part of Murray. 

The peacock was spotted on Old Salem Road on June 24 and again near 6th and Elm Streets on Saturday. It’s unclear if it was the same peahen or a different one.

Calloway County Animal Control Officer Emily Cook says peafowl are colony animals and suspects it may have been separated during the recent storms.

Spotted on Old Salem Road on June 24
Credit Courtesy of Michelle Moode
Spotted on/near Old Salem Road on June 24
Credit Courtesy of Michelle Moode

Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society of Calloway County said the owner of the peacock should report it missing. She says if one sees a peafowl on the loose, they can call her office and she would help get the word out and try to find someone willing to take and care for the bird.

One could also notify Animal Control or city or county police. Murray Police and the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office both said they hadn’t heard anything about the animal.  

Maggie’s Jungle Golf in Marshall County has a petting zoo that includes peacocks. Owner Jimila Fulks said someone had called about a week ago asking whether she was interested in taking a peacock and she said that she was not. 

Peacocks can be loud and stand-offish. They are fairly free range and like to fly on top of houses and barns.

Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the peafowl as a "peahen." WKMS News has been informed that the lost little bird is likely a juvenile male peacock and so we have corrected the story to reflect this. Thank you Land Between The Lakes Woodlands Nature Station and Michelle Moode.