Cock of the Walk

Got a call from Katie today, around 5pm. She, her daughter Lola and her friend Nadia had spotted a peacock walking up Church Street in Bantry, cool as you please. So far, cars had driven round him, but the girls reckoned he wasn’t going to last long. They had him cornered in a triangle of grass and pebbles just off the road, beside a field – he’d been about to head down to the main road and this seemed their best option to keep him safe. What to do?

I hadn’t a clue. But I hopped in the van and drove round – only seconds away, despite Bantry ‘rush hour’ traffic. Sure enough Katie and Nadia were keeping the big guy contained safely – and Lola was kept well away for her own safety since she’s only wee still (but don’t tell her I said so!). So I phoned Ghostbusters. No I didn’t – I phoned Jennifer at the vets and said ‘????’. And Jen went off to make a few calls.

Nadia, bless er, has worked with fowl before and figured she could carry Cock of the Walk if we wrapped him in a blanket. So I got the blanket out the van and Nadia did her stuff and we’d a big, well-wrapped, subdued peacock in the van and down to the vets in next to no time. Jen found the person that looks after the peacocks up by the hospital, who had known he was missing, and she arranged to take him back after work.

Sorted!

If you lose your companion, farm or decorative animal there’s a few things you should do to try and find them – driving round your neighbourhood would be a good start. Sites to post your companion are listed here – and all have advice on other steps to take.

And if you see a stray – stop and help – they can’t call home. Fair play to Katie, Lola and Nadia! And thanks to Jennifer for sorting it out in the end.

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