LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin's animal control officers are trying to nab a peacock running loose in the Brookhollow subdivision.
According to one of the animal control officers when they arrived to capture the rogue peacock Tuesday morning, the bird flew up about 30 feet into a tree and is not coming down.
Officers Sarah Mosely and Paula Taylor said they approached the bird armed with nets to capture it. But the peacock remained perched in the tree going from limb to limb at times.
Taylor said the bird wouldn't come down until it knew they were gone. So, the offices left to handle other animal calls. A couple of hours later, when no one was in the backyard, the peacock apparently flew the coop and left the neighborhood.
This marks the second peacock pursuit in in two weeks for City of Lufkin animal control officers. They caught one in Crown Colony last week.
"They're considered a livestock," said Paula Taylor, an animal control officer with the City of Lufkin. "We don't list him as exotic. You can own them like chickens, but they are not to be running loose, so that's why we're here."
Taylor said she believes the recent bad weather may be a contributing factor in why peacocks may be popping up in residential neighborhoods.