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A Peacock Named Pedro

Updated on November 11, 2015

The Story Of How A Peacock Adopted A Family And A Neighborhood

For three years, we were the adoptive family of a wild peacock.

How does this happen you say? We aren't quite sure where our peacock came from but we have a feeling he flew in to our lives searching for a human family to hang out with and probably a peahen to fall in love with.

Follow along as I share the story of Pedro the Peacock and his brief visit in our lives. I will also share with you about how the whole neighborhood took him under their wings.

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Pedro The Peacock
Pedro The Peacock

A Peeping Peacock

It's A What?!

One day I was working in my office area of our home that happens to be in our basement. I got up to go to another room in the basement and happened to pass by one of the windows that is at ground level. It took a moment for it to register with my brain that 'something' was very intently looking into the window at me!

I let out a yelp to my husband that there was some kind of bird looking in the window at me and by the time he made it to the area to look, I had realized that it was a Peacock peering in at me!

We live in the Pacific NW, USA but we didn't realize that there are actually quite a few peacocks living in the area. My husband inquired at the local feed store when he went to buy some food for our new friend. He asked if anyone had reported a lost peacock and they said, 'Oh that happens quite frequently.' Huh?

Apparently, right around molting time it is quite common for the males to fly from farm to farm each year. Perhaps they are looking for a mate to set up housekeeping with. The odd thing is, we didn't have any peahens or any animals at all at the time. Maybe that made us even more attractive to our new friend.

So we're not exactly sure why this peacock who didn't seem to be too terribly frightened of humans took up residence with us.

Pedro And Smokey The Kitty

Pedro And Smokey The Kitty
Pedro And Smokey The Kitty

What Do You Feed A Peacock?

A Discerning Pallet

(image above of Pedro and Smokey hanging out together)

After a few days, it became apparent that our feathered friend was going to hang out for a while and keep us company. We got a huge bag of turkey feed that the folks at the feed store assured us all the local peacocks just raved about.

Apparently, our peacock had a more discerning pallet as he barely even pecked at the turkey feed. One day I was tossing out some old breadcrumbs to the little birds and squirrels. I looked up and the peacock was running over and started pecking frantically at the bread! We finally figured out at least one thing that he would eat.

He wouldn't let us pet him, but he would get fairly close to us when we were feeding him or when he was doing his mating dance. After he had been with us a few years, he did trust us enough to take some bread from us sometimes if we held a big piece out to him.

In time we would come to discover that our peacock would also eat dry cat food much to the dismay of the neighborhood kitty (we named Smokey) that also adopted us. The funny thing was that the peacock was fussy about which morsels he would eat.

It seems that peacocks can see some colors at least as this cat food blend had three or four different colors and some days he would only eat the red morsels. Other days he would only eat the brown ones. It was so funny watching him sort out the ones he would eat and the ones he would not.

A Peacock Named Pedro

A Peacock Named Pedro
A Peacock Named Pedro

What Do We Name Him?

Names For A Peacock

When we realized that the peacock was not going to take off anytime soon, we started thinking of names to call him.

I remembered the movie that came out in the 50's called 'Giant' and a particular segment of that movie came to mind. The family was seated around the Thanksgiving table and they were preparing to carve the big beautiful turkey. Everyone was chit chatting and not paying much attention to the children who began to ask questions about the turkey.

The children had been helping to feed a turkey in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Unbeknownst to them, they were fattening the turkey for the holiday. Apparently, one of them starts to put two and two together!

The children had named the turkey Pedro and had grown quite fond of him. They of course were quite upset when they figured out that this turkey in the midst of their feast was their Pedro!

Thinking of this story and sharing the memory of the movie with my husband, we chuckled and decided to name our peacock Pedro in honor of that turkey from so long ago in the movies.

Dance Of A Thousand Feathers

Dance Of A Thousand Feathers
Dance Of A Thousand Feathers

The Neighborhood Peacock

A Bird Of Many Names

Soon, the whole neighborhood was talking about the peacock that was strolling up and down the street and making his way into everyone's yard.

Over time, we found out that each family that Pedro would visit on our street had given him a different name. Several of the neighbors had children or grandchildren that would visit and Pedro did love doing his full-feathered dance for everyone.

Each family had their own bag of treats that they would toss to him to eat. He would do a dance for them and they would bring out the treats. One family told us they fed him cashews! This silly peacock would eat most anything as long as it was high in protein it sounded like.

We figured that some of the reasons that Pedro would return to our yard time and again was that we didn't have any dogs and we had some wooden posts that provided the perfect perch for a bird with very long tail feathers.

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Solar lighted Multicolor Peacock Decorative Metal Garden Stake Out Door Decor

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Peacocks Yell

If you are considering getting a peacock or peahen, you may want to listen to this video turned up as loud as possible! (Get ready to plug your ears!) The peacock's yells and calls can go on all hours of the day and night for several months of the year. :)

What Do You Think?

Pedro Peacock Dancing
Pedro Peacock Dancing

Do you think you would like to have a peacock for a pet?

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Living With Peacocks - by David Moyle

Living With Peacocks
Living With Peacocks

This book provides down-to-earth insights into what it’s like to actually live with one of the grandest, most beautiful animals on our planet, the peacock. It gives loads of tips on what to feed these birds, sheltering tips, and whether or not to let them roam freely about your property or keep them in a pen.

The author gives lots of useful information about what to expect should you decide to bring home your own birds. Based on his own personal experiences from many years of living with and raising peacocks, he shares his observations about what the famous peacock calls mean, how they get along with other animals and with people, and shares hints about building effective pens. He also shares the down sides of co-existing with peacocks so you can make an informed decision about whether it really makes sense for you to bring them into your life.

Knowing about the potential problems you could encounter, you will not be blinded by the beauty of these creatures in making a decision you may later regret.

 

Pedro And Sweet Pea

Pedro And Sweet Pea
Pedro And Sweet Pea

Pedro The Peacock Finds A Girlfriend

True Love

After the neighbors a few yards over had heard Pedro wondering around the neighborhood and doing his unique scream for a mate for about a year or so, they decided to help him find one. So, they went to a farm and bought a peahen.

Their plan was to keep her in a huge cage for several weeks so that she would learn that their yard was her home. Pedro immediately flew over to check out the new bird on the block when he heard her cries in the distance.

Apparently, it was love at first sight for the two. Pedro kept her company all day long every day and would dance for her for hours at a time. She would act coy and shy in her cage all the while secretly enjoying all the attention from her suitor.

After a few weeks, the neighbors released the peahen and she immediately flew all the way to our yard and started hanging out with Pedro. He was beside himself. It looked like his courting and wooing had paid off!

We named this pretty peahen Sweet Pea. She was the sweetest thing and we grew to adore her as much as Pedro did. We found out later that she never did go back to the neighbor's yard that was supposed to be her home.

Several weeks later however, Sweet Pea was no more. She disappeared and the whole neighborhood including Pedro mourned her disappearance.

Poor Pedro. His love was short lived, but we think he was a better bird from having known dear Sweet Pea.

The same neighbors bought another peahen the next year and this time they bought a much younger one and her wings were clipped before they bought her. Pedro fell in love again but she wasn't interested. We think she was just too young for him. Besides, no bird could compare to Sweet Pea.

More Images Of Pedro And Sweet Pea

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Sweet Pea comes callingPedro watches over Sweet PeaSweet Pea likes her perchPedro dances for Sweet PeaPedro taking it easy on the patio.Pedro thinks that snow is for the birds!Pedro and Smokey just chillin together.Pedro flirts with the fair Sweet Pea.Pedro on his perch.Shy Pedro.
Sweet Pea comes calling
Sweet Pea comes calling
Pedro watches over Sweet Pea
Pedro watches over Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea likes her perch
Sweet Pea likes her perch
Pedro dances for Sweet Pea
Pedro dances for Sweet Pea
Pedro taking it easy on the patio.
Pedro taking it easy on the patio.
Pedro thinks that snow is for the birds!
Pedro thinks that snow is for the birds!
Pedro and Smokey just chillin together.
Pedro and Smokey just chillin together.
Pedro flirts with the fair Sweet Pea.
Pedro flirts with the fair Sweet Pea.
Pedro on his perch.
Pedro on his perch.
Shy Pedro.
Shy Pedro.
Peacock Coloring Page
Peacock Coloring Page
Pedro Takes A Rest
Pedro Takes A Rest

Where Did He Go?

No More Pedro

After Thanksgiving in 2010, we didn't see Pedro anymore. The whole neighborhood has discussed and surmised about his whereabouts.

Many of us feel that he flew on to another wide-open space in hopes of finding another family to adopt and in the pursuit of true love.

We still have several of his tail feathers that he would shed at the end of each summer as reminders of the beautiful bird that came to stay for a while.

Wherever Pedro is, we hope he is safe, happy, and loved.

Pedro UPDATE!! 5-10-2012

Where Is Pedro The Peacock?

Thought I would post an update for the Pedro Peacock readers!

While out for a walk a few days ago, one of the neighbors on our street stopped us to chat. He said he thinks he knows where Pedro is!

He went on to explain that he had been driving further down one of the side roads near our home and over a mile down the way. Up in one of the trees by a lady's house sat this peacock and he stopped to investigate.

The lady told him when Pedro had shown up out of the blue and it was about the time he went missing from our neighborhood!

We're pretty sure that Pedro has indeed found a loving home and is very happy. Our neighbor said that he hangs out in the trees in her yard and she feeds him so I'm sure he is fine.

Hopefully he'll find a girlfriend again one day and be even happier! :)

I would love to hear your thoughts and your comments in general!

What are your thoughts about peacocks?

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      What a lovely story. I do like peacocks, but don't particularly want one as a pet. However there are several places in the neighbourhood where peacocks live, including a local country hotel which has them in its grounds. They have Shakespearean plays outside in the summer and the peacocks just stroll in and out of the acts. They also sit on the bedroom windowsills. And as you mention, they are very LOUD! Howeve Pedro sounds like a real character. It would be hard not to love him I hope he found true love.

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      Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great story.Blessed.

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Great Lens Thanks For Sharing "A Peacock Named Pedro"

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Wonderful story, Angel Blessings!

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      I along with my son used to enjoy peacocks in nearby park. It has become a thing of the past now.

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      I found myself rooting for Pedro and mourning his disappearance. Too bad that Sweet Pea disappeared. Enjoyed your story...thank you.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have only seen a peacock in the zoo. Your story is amazing and I love your photos!

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Great story, i always wanted to touch a peacock on my visits to the zoo, but i didn't wanted to be attack, sometimes he will run when someone approach him.

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      What a sweet story, I just loved this. Angel blessed today!

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I love this story about pedro

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      thank you for your story of the peacock

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Beautiful 'Story Of How A Peacock Adopted A Family And A Neighborhood'. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your good work and for making MonsterBoard: SquidAngel 500! ~Blessed by a SquidAngel~

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      I love this story about Pedro the peacock. Well-deserved purple star! Angel blessings.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Cute ending, great lens.

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      cassieann 5 years ago

      This is really neat. I get lots of wildlife in my yard from deer to red fox, hawks, owls, raccoons and even turkeys but never a peacock.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      What a sweet story. I'd love to have such an extravagant garden ornament!

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Peacocks are in my eyes birds of paradise. I've herd they are loud and can be messy, but what a sight to behold! Congrats on your purple star!

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      Magpie Feathers 5 years ago

      Really nice lens. I really felt bad when Pedro's love Sweet Pea disappeared. Loved the article.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I rented a house in the Blue Ridge mountains of South Carolina a few years ago and the owner (whose house was also on the property) had a number of chickens and a rooster, plus wild geese who would come by each day, first landing on the pond at the bottom of the hill, and walk up to his house to get 'fed'. Perhaps because of this, and the abundance of food, a peacock arrived one day and stayed for two years. Quite interesting. Loved your pictures and your story.

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Lovely looking peacock! I hope Pedro found a nice home ^_^

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      This was great. I am glad he is safe and happy. I got sad when you said he disappeared.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Wow, nice lens, lovely pictures of peacock and very informative lens for me. I like a lot picture of Pedro And Smokey!

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      wedpittsburgh lm 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love peacocks and this is an awesome story! There used to be a pair of peacocks that would always sit on a stone wall that was on the way to my one job. It was always a pleasure to see them and I often thought about how nice it would be for a peacock to adopt me :)

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      supersiva 5 years ago

      Wonderful collection

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I would not have guessed there were peacocks in the area.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @aka-rms: Wow! What a wonderful experience for your son. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @KarenTBTEN: They are KarenTBTEN! Come over to this side of the water sometime and drive out in the countryside. You just might hear some peacocks screaming, especially in the springtime. :)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @aka-rms: Wow, that's cool!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I remember peacocks when we were visiting Portugal many years ago. This is totally fascinating - love the pictures!

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      Fun story. We had a peacock live in our yard for 5 days. My cats made him uncomfortable and he left. We never saw him again. It was fun while it lasted. We had news reporters come and my son was on Good Morning America because of it.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a cool story. Too bad about Sweet Pea, though.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Came to visit Pedro again. Saw my blessing didn't take, so trying it once more. It took.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a fabulous, well written story with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed reading this and have hopes that Pedro is alive and well and sharing the pleasure of his company with other families (and peahens). Blessed!

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Great story! :D

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done! Squidlike

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      What a great story! I love peacocks! I really hope Pedro is okay, God Bless Pedro wherever he my be!

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      I very much enjoyed reading this lens, and I'm glad Pedro was discovered safe not far from your home.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      What a fantastic lens! I really enjoyed the read!

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      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      What a unique and fun story. I love how you tell it and your pictures are wonderful. I hope Pedro finds his true love.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      What a great story! I'd love it if a peacock decided to hang out with us for awhile. And I'm really glad to know that Pedro appears to have moved to a new home and nothing bad happened to him. :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What an amazing story so far. Wow! This a too cool, and the photos are awesome.

      Blessed! :)

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      Such a lovely story, thank you for sharing!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      What a sweet story. Peacocks are so beautiful. So you are lucky!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I remember seeing this most magnificent peacock in Hungary. You know, I do see a book in this, "A Peacock Named Pedro!"

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      piarejuden 5 years ago

      They are absolutely beautiful!! I also liked both the names of your pets.. Pedro and Smokey.. Great interesting lens.. Cheers!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice learning about Pedro

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      loved the story - Pedro has to be the richer for having lived with such a loving family!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Lovely to get to know about Pedro - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      Thank you so much for this lovely story, I was entranced. My only close encounter with a peacock was in the grounds of a large house, some years ago. I had some sparkly blue socks on, and the peacock became obsessed with my legs.

      I've heard that they can get fixated on their reflections...but maybe that is just our less wild, parkland birds here in the UK. Yours sound pretty savvy. Blessings to you.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      The peacock who lived at the house we rented was a remarkable bird. There was a patio window which overlooked the dining table - he would sit there and watch us at meals. And 'mess' on the front step if he wasn't given a share! That little spot was his favorite roost, sometimes he admired his own reflection but mostly he liked to watch us as we went about daily life inside the house. I wondered if he was lonely, so I drew a peacock picture and pinned it on the window where he could see it. He did see it; he looked at is as though saying "Another peacock around here? Well!"

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! I love everything you have incorporated.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      When I was a child, we had a wild peacock that just showed up on our farm one day and lived there for several years.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      What a neat story....they are loud but beautiful birds.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Ah a lovely story-maybe Pedro and Sweet Pea met up-I wish

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading about Pedro...a beautiful bird indeed...I loved your pictures of him. Thank you for sharing.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I hear there are parts of the country were they have large flocks of now wild peacocks and they cause quite a problem

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Pedro is a pretty cool bird.

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      The Peacock Cocktail Dress is gorgeous!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I loved meeting Pedro in this lens! I hope he is well whereever he is...what an amazing experience for you and the neighborhood to have! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @Virginia Allain: LOL! Cute story. Thanks for sharing with me. :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Sure enjoyed your account of Pedro's life. We had friends in Maryland with a peacock, acquired somewhat like yours was. Finally they took him to a farm to live and told their young daughter that he had left to get married and now would be living with his wife.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great story

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      What a lovely experience. Pedro and Sweet Pea are precious indeed. I like to fantasize about them finding one another and living happily ever after. I had never actually heard a peacock. Oh my! Enjoyed this tale of Pedro and your life together. We never know when we're going to be adopted by a special creature. It's nice to be wanted and needed.

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      PBJasen 5 years ago

      Pedro FTV :)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I played the video several times just to watch my cats scurry to find where the noise was coming from. It was so funny. So nice that you got to experiece a bit in the life of a peacock.

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      jessicafardiana 5 years ago

      nice one..

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      GoodGirlSEO 5 years ago

      Awww, that is such a cute story! I hope Pedro found another love.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Very well done lens...so interesting. I enjoyed meeting Pedro.

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      charlb 5 years ago

      A beautiful story and it so sweet and funny the way you have narrated it and brought it to life. Had never heard of a pet peacock before!

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      bdkz 5 years ago

      Pedro is adorable!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Fascinating story! Thanks for sharing it.

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      What a wonderful story. Animals never cease to amaze me and how they find and give love to others!!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a touching story and beautifully told, may I say! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      How amazing! What a beautiful bird.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      thanks for sharing! great story and great photos

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Great lens! My thoughts are, what a sad ending...after the Peahen came into the picture I started to have a feeling if this was going to have a happy ending...sadly it wasn't. When we had our Ranch I wanted a peacock, but when hubby heard their screams and that they would perch on cars...he said no way!

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      davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      Interesting how some animals come into and then leave our lives, leaving our own lives much richer for the experience. Thanks for sharing this sweet story..blessings

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've come to like peacocks, at the zoo where I live, peacocks roam free and yes, they are loud indeed! *blessed!*