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Jun 6, 2013 1:43 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Exotic Birds Loose in Local Neighborhood

CORPUS CHRISTI - A trio of peahens are on the loose in a neighborhood near Ayers and Richard Street. Three peahens have the run of the neighborhood and Jeff Rucker says they've been wandering in his yard all day.

"They must have flown the coop. They swooped down from the rooftop. It'd be nice if somebody could come and get them but I don't know of anybody whose willing to come try to capture them," Rucker said.

After calling Animal Control, Rucker was told that these birds aren't allowed within city limits. Plus, they only take in domestic animals, that's where Mary Meyer Guzman, Founder of the Barnyard Sanctuary comes in.

"We are geared up for farm animals and birds especially even wild birds we take in," Guzman said.

There's only one problem, someone else has to catch them, then bring them in.

"If someone is able to catch them, they can call us, we can tell them how to do it and they can bring them here and we'll make placement for them," she added.

The Barnyard Sanctuary suggests using a blanket or fishnet to capture the birds so they can be brought in to be sheltered. Guzman says they've taken in about 5 peacocks and peahens over the last few years.

"It's possible someone got them thinking it would be a good idea to have as pets, they're beautiful birds but they're also like I say kind of messy and kind of loud. People get tired of them and realize they're big loud birds and want to be rid of them unfortunately and sometimes just turn them loose," Guzman said.

Once they're loose, they end up out in the open with no place to go.

"I guess they'll just wander around and disappear again," Rucker said.

Rucker says hopefully someone will rescue them soon.

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