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A peacock named Raul has returned to the Bronx Zoo in New York after spending a night roaming the city’s streets. The bird returned to the zoo of its own accord after spending the night in a tree outside the menagerie. The identity of the peacock is unclear, though zoo officials said they had expected it to return. Witnesses to Raul’s city-bound adventures included a man named Mike, who attempted to protect the bird from oncoming traffic before being bitten on the leg and seeing it fly up a tree and away. The peacocks at the Bronx Zoo are known to roam free and sometimes escape.
he walked around the city, bit a man and came back
The naughty peacock, whom New Yorkers named Raul, returned to the Bronx Zoo the next day on the morning of Thursday, April 27, after spending a wild night in the city, reports Gothamist.
After spending the night in a tree outside the menagerie, the bird “returned to the zoo on its own initiative” after 11 a.m. on Thursday. This was confirmed by a representative of the Bronx Zoo.
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Zoo officials did not say whether the bird returned to the zoo was the same peacock that roamed 180th Street Thursday night. But they said unequivocally: they expected the peacock to return of its own free will.
“We followed him. It was expected that he would return to the zoo, which is exactly what happened,” said zoo spokesman Max Pulcinelli.
The man, identified as Mike in a video on the Citizen app, showed footage from his phone showing a peacock roaming the streets around 7:30 p.m.
According to him, he tried to protect the bird from transport. But she bit him on the leg, and then flew off into a tree.
“The peacock bit me,” the man in the video says. “And the witnesses tried to isolate the bird outside the gate to keep it safe.
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“The peacock got stuck in the gate and I was trying to pet him and he grabbed my pants. Then that bastard flew up a tree!” he remarked.
Paramedics arrived at the scene to treat the man for a minor injury. According to the fire service, the victim refused hospitalization.
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