Even with all of the bizarrely strange things going on in the world today (the shooting down of a commercial airliner over Ukraine, another ground war in Gaza, the immigration crisis on the Texas border, etc., etc.), it’s still possible, I guess, to be surprised by a local event. I usually only pay attention to local news to see what the weather’s going to do tomorrow. I don’t really care about local politics or local sports or other local events. Generally speaking, all that stuff’s boring. Hell, everything’s boring here in western NY.
At least until two nights ago. That’s when we first became aware of this: http://13wham.com//news/features/local-news/stories/peacock-shot-death-parma-1064.shtml
Yep, somebody blew away a peacock that was, apparently, minding its own business. The question, clearly, is why? Why kill a peacock that happens to live near where you’re building your new house? Is it because it’s been pooping in what hasn’t even become a “yard” yet? In an area that it’s been using as a toilet for years? (Peacocks, by the way, live for about 20 years.) And you do this in a residential area – with kids nearby? I’m sorry – I just don’t get it. Makes absolutely no sense.
The kicker in all of this is that we know the guy (and his wife). We know them very well. And that would be an understatement. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it any easier to understand. Makes it a little more shocking, perhaps, but not any clearer.
The bird pictured here, of course, is not the “victim”. I captured this guy a few months ago down near Charleston, SC. As far as I know, he’s still very much alive and kicking. Which makes him a lot better off than his western NY cousin.
I wonder, by the way, what the now deceased peacock might have thought about my friend’s 2nd Amendment rights……..