Did you know that all peacocks are not peacocks? Yes, there is a difference. A male is a peacock and a female is a peahen and together they are peafowl. These exotic birds are mostly known for their enormous feathers, but they're also known to attack.
On Valentine's Day, one local peacock was tasered by police then shot to death by its owner. What a way to go out for such a pretty bird.
A Harris County sheriff's deputy answered a call on Kluge and Dale roads about a peacock attacking women. During an interview the peacock began to attack and the deputy shot his taser, according to a report. The bird had his feathers so ruffled that he continued to attack, and the owner took matters into his own hands and shot and killed the peacock with his shotgun.
No charges were filed against the homeowner.
Here's a short history of peacock attacks. Sounds bizarre, but they do happen. Zoo officials, according to a report, have said that peacocks become more aggressive during mating season. We're not sure if Valentine's Day generally sets them off too.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the mission of the Houston Press. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Houston’s stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
In May 2013, a peacock at the Albuquerque Zoo attacked a two-year-old girl. The mother told Associated Press that the peacock jumped on her daughter's head, causing a bloody wound on her forehead. She required medical attention and had to get two stitches.
In June 2010, a three-year-old boy was hurt at the Denver Zoo. According to the Associated Press the father said he received a call from a daycare saying that a peacock had attacked his son. The boy was taken to the hospital and had to get stitches on his nose and forehead. The zoo confirmed that the young boy was injured by one of the peacocks that wandered the grounds.
Another peacock attack occurred in July 2006, according to Born Free USA's Exotic Animal Incident Report. A toddler was attacked while at the Oregon Zoo and suffered scratches to one shoulder and welts on both arms by a free-ranging peacock.
Although not commonly known for being aggressive animals you may have to watch your back if you come across a peafowl. We don't always know what mood they may be in so just be careful at all times.