Queens Peacock Mystery Is Solved, Now We Just Need to Catch It

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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

The peacock spotted on the loose in Kew Gardens Hills does in fact belong at Flushing's John Bowne High School, but it still isn't home yet. The New York Times reports that the bird's feathers, which are usually clipped to prevent it from flying, have grown out. (Apparently the school didn't take action, despite its nightly escapes). Now teacher Phil Dickler is spending the last few days of his summer vacation trying to trap an airborne peacock. “If not today, I’ll get him tomorrow,” he vows.