If you were a peahen—the female counterpart of the peacock—and you escaped from the Bronx Zoo, where would you go? On May 11, one such escapee chose an auto-glass repair shop that housed eight parakeets, reports The New York Times.
The two-year-old peahen had escaped the Bronx Zoo on Monday, and the repair shop owner, Edison Matos, and others had spotted her several times since. Then on Wednesday, she wandered over to his shop, less than a mile from the zoo.
After calling the zoo and local authorities, Matos and his employees devised a plan to capture the peahen, and soon she was tied to a pipe and supplied with a bowl of water. About 40 minutes later, the Bronx Zoo’s director arrived to collect his peafowl—but not before neighbors and police stopped by to take a gander at the bird.
“I went over there, really just to check and see if the tip was true or it was a prank,” a police officer told the newspaper.
The peahen was examined upon being returned to the zoo, and a zoo official told the Times that she was “no worse for the wear.”