Wayward Peacock Amuses I-70 Motorists

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This is not the actual peacock spotted near the Kansas Turnpike, but it could be its cousin.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Who’s missing a peacock?

That’s the question being asked right now after motorists spotted a wayward peacock near the Kansas Turnpike. The sightings have occurred over the last week and a half.

Maintenance crews have tried several times to catch the bird, but have been unsuccessful. They said they just want to make sure the bird is safe and that amused motorists don’t get distracted and cause any accidents.

As for the peacock, it seems content to strut its stuff along the shoulder of I-70 near the Tonganoxie/Eudora Exit — at least for the time being.

According to the Lawrence Journal World, while peacocks (or peafowls) are indigenous to Asia, it’s common for farmers to keep them on their property. Mike Miller, chief of information production for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Operations Office told the LJW that peafowl are not only beautiful but they can serve as “watchdogs” with their loud cries.

It’s unclear where the I-70 peacock came from — if it wandered off or if someone dumped it. Either way, Miller said peafowl are wary animals and that it has a good chance of surviving on its own.

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