Arrow lodged in peacock's feathers

Someone shot an arrow into the air and where it landed a peacock cares — because it’s in the peacock.

For several days Admiral’s Cove area residents of Central Whidbey have been concerned about a peacock that is walking around with an arrow sticking out of its feathers.

On Monday morning, the big, colorful bird was roosting on the backyard fence of George and Margaret Davis who live off Perry Drive. Margaret was able to snap a picture of the bird with her digital camera.

Later in the day, the bird was sitting in a clump of nearby grass. George Davis tried sneaking up behind it, but it sensed his presence and scurried away long before he could effect a capture.

The Davises are hoping to capture the peacock so the arrow can be removed. They say Oak Harbor veterinarian Dr. Eric Anderson has agreed to treat the bird, but first it must be captured.

Island County Animal Control Officer Carol Barnes has visited the Davises’ residence twice, but failed to catch the bird which moves quickly despite the arrow sticking out of its feathers.

George Davis said there were five neighborhood peacocks until recently when someone started killing them for some unknown reason. “There have been four killings and the one left was shot with an arrow,” he said. “I’d hate to see the poor animal die.”

The Davises are looking for someone who is able to capture a peacock. They think it will take netting of some kind. If interested, call 678-5477.

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