THE MYSTERY surrounding a stray peahen spotted wandering around South Oakenshaw came to a happy ending when it was given a new home.
Wendy Hooper, of Towbury Close, first noticed the bird in her garden at about 6am, on May 12 and called the RSPCA and RSPB, but as it seemed happy and healthy they could not help. She believes it may have come from Washford Mill, as it is the only place nearby known to house peacocks.
“The bird was not injured but seemed lost, lonely and very hungry,” she said. “She was making a lot of noise calling out for a mate, which was disturbing the neighbours.
“She was also very tame so I was able to feed her.”
Wendy looked after the young peahen for four days, gave it water and fed it bits of bread, cheese, scrambled egg and sunflower seeds, before she was able to find it a suitable home.
On Monday (May 23) after many attempts to rescue the bird, it was finally caught and taken to a new home with a group of other peacocks and peahens in Norton, Worcestershire.
Wendy added: “My next door neighbour knew someone who kept peacocks.
“They were more than happy to offer her a home.
“She has settled in so well with her new peacock family. It’s like she has always been there. She sleeps on a perch in a secure pen away from foxes and cars.
“She now has a beautiful loving and caring home right in the countryside.”