A NUMBER of peacocks have been appearing in various parts of Bangor, including the High Street, in recent weeks - and nobody knows exactly where they’ve come from.
Sightings have been reported all over the city and the RSPCA are currently trying to track down their owner(s).
A spokesperson said: “We released an information appeal back in May after a peacock was spotted outside a Coed Y Castell property in Bangor, and following this appeal an owner has been successfully found who is arranging for the peacock to be collected.
“We’re not sure where these other peacocks have come from, but if there are no welfare concerns, we would advise residents to check for potential owners like local estates to check whether they have missing birds. Native to India, peacocks are usually kept as free-roaming ornamental birds on large estates in the UK but if you see them out and about in other areas then they may have escaped from a private collection.
On May 31, the Chronicle reported that a stray peacock had been spotted on the rooftops of properties at Castell Y Coed. Since then, several more of the birds have been seen at various locations around Bangor.
Gareth Parry, who lives in the Caellepa area, said: “I was flabbergasted on Friday when I saw two peacocks outside my house, but could not believe it when my stepdaughter said there were four more of them in the lower Street.
“One looks like an albino, or it could be a peahen. I believe they might have come from the Penrhyn Estate.”
Dan Chappell, a graduating student living in Bangor and currently working at the St Mary’s site, added: “One of my friends spotted the peacocks on the High Street last night (Tuesday, July 2) and I saw four of them this morning up at St Mary’s too.”
Some have taken to social media to complain about “the noise” the birds have been creating at night time. Others are just hoping to help them find their way home.
The RSPCA spokesman added: “Peacock calls are best described as shrill raucous shrieks. In the breeding season (April to September), peacocks will call loudly to advertise their presence to peahens.
“They tend to make most noise early in the morning at dawn, and late in the evening during the breeding season. Noise complaints should be directed to the local authority. As a charity with limited resources, we must prioritise animals who are injured or suffering from neglect and cruelty who need our help.”