A Peacock in a Connecticut Street

Imagine you are driving down the street when all of a sudden you notice something out of the corner of your eye. There is a peacock strolling along the side of the road...

Imagine: One day after a long, cold winter you are driving down a scenic country road enjoying the early arrival of spring weather.  Alright fine, I admit there wasn’t a terribly long or cold winter and there aren’t that many scenic country roads around Shelton.  But regardless, imagine you are driving down the street when all of a sudden you notice something out of the corner of your eye. 

It cannot possibly be what you think it is. This is Connecticut after all, not India.  There is no possible way you can be seeing things clearly.  It’s not as if you are visiting a zoo, which is the only place in the area you could actually be seeing what you think you are seeing.  Right? 

But nope; it is exactly what you think you are seeing.  There is a peacock strolling along the side of the road!

Now how on earth is there a – Oh that’s right!  After months of chilly, but not freezing weather and a serious lack of animals outside anywhere (save for squirrels – those darn things never go away) you have completely forgotten that the farm you have just driven past doesn’t just have horses. 

They have peacocks too.

And right now one of them is in the road.  Again. 

This is not the first encounter you’ve had with this particular bird wandering around in the road now.  It is sure to be far from the last as well, given that there have been four other instances of the same stupid bird in the road since this first encounter. 

Really, it’s astonishing that this thing has not been hit yet.  I have seen way too many people having to swerve around it or come to a sudden stop in order to avoid hitting the bird when it is unexpectedly in the middle of the road. 

If you want to own a dog, you need to keep it out of the street as best you can.  If you want to own a horse, a cow, whatever else, the same thing goes. 

Peacocks?  Apparently they’re allowed to wander wherever they please. 

No wonder they look so smug. 

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Robert April 30, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Signs are posted...Cant argue that!
Katie Ryan O'Connor April 30, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I would love to see this! Will be on the lookout next time I'm driving through.
Bon Alicea April 08, 2014 at 10:42 AM
where was this in Shelton? Which farm?
Andrea DeMarco May 19, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Thank you posters who enjoy and slow down for our birds. Kaitlyn, you'll be happy to hear our peacock Stanley passed away this week and the "stupid bird" will no longer inconvenience you or other speeders on our bad corner. Again .. thank you everyone else who drives gently and watches out for the animals. Kaitlyn, there are still the guinea hens to complain about..not to worry.
Andrea DeMarco May 19, 2014 at 10:18 PM
And we loved Stanley. He was a rescue bird..something beautiful and exotic that brought wonder and joy to most folks. I felt honoured have him with us...as I do all our animals. RIP Stanley.


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