If You’ve Misplaced Your Peacock, It’s Now Living in Queens

A peacock spreads its tail on June 30, 2011, at the Amneville's zoo, eastern France. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/2011 AFP

New Yorkers have a tendency to freak out when wild animals are loose in our city, but curiously, a peacock has been wandering through Kew Gardens Hills for the past week and no one has claimed it, despite residents' calls to 911. All of the animals are accounted for at the Queens Zoo and the Queens Botanical Garden, but the New York Times might have identified the bird's home. Flushing's John Bowne High School keeps two peacocks as part of its agricultural program, and a spokeswoman for the New York City Education Department says, “It’s possible one got out ... We’re checking.” They're huge birds with blue and green feathers, if that helps.