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Warning: Peacock on the loose

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Lock up your chickens and liquor – a peacock is on the loose!

At the popular Facebook Group “You Know You’re From Bethlehem ...,”. Kelly Smith provided the first warning on May 31. “If anyone is missing a peacock.... I just saw one crossing Catasauqua Road near The Landings Apartments,” she wrote. Well, that persistent peacock has been spotted all over North Bethlehem since then. He’s been spotted on Pennsylvania Avenue, Broad Street and crossing Union Boulevard. If you see him, don’t try to take him down alone. He’s a very dangerous peacock. He is also sex-crazed and is trying to pick up peahens.

Bethlehem has its very own peacock expert, and her name, believe it or not, is Sue Henn. She used to raise peafowl and identified this wanderer as a male India blue. She explains they get a little rambunctious this time of year because they’re out looking for peahens when not eating grass and bugs.

If the peacock is not in a bar, she claims it will be spending the night in a tree, about 20 feet off the ground. They are reportedly wily and difficult to catch. She thinks the bird will find his way home after he runs out of money, like most males.

Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio advises that he’s issued an APB – All Peacock Bulletin. “I hope he does not run ‘afowl’ of the law,” he said.