Feral Peacocks Are Attacking Cars in Canada After Seeing Their Own Reflections
Yes, peacocks are beautiful and rather majestic, but for these Canadians, they're not exactly a sight for sore eyes.
According to CTV News, residents of the Sullivan Heights neighborhood in British Columbia have lived side-by-side with the animals in relative harmony for the last few years. However, when the animals go through their mating season each year, they get louder, more aggressive, and malt everywhere — including all over residents' cars and homes.
In fact, as CTV noted, this year, the peacocks are causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to cars parked in the neighborhood’s streets.
"With the dark-colored cars, they can see their reflection fairly clearly, so they mistake that as another peacock and have at it," resident Ryan Cragg told CTV Vancouver. He added that the peacocks will often stare at their reflections for hours at a time. "They'll get the front panel, the side panel, the rear panel, and then work around to the other side."
What’s worse is that their mating season won’t be over anytime soon as it apparently runs through October. "It's like living with a colicky baby from March all the way through to October," Cragg said.
To help keep things under control, the city is asking its citizens to not feed or house the birds. Anyone caught doing either of those things will be fined. However, there’s no real getting rid of the birds because as CTV explained the local Wildlife Act doesn’t apply to peacocks.
"They're really in this gray area where there's no clear legislative responsibility," Surrey's manager of public safety operations, Jas Rehal, told CTV.