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Toronto peacock back at High Park Zoo

Toronto peacock back at High Park Zoo

Bird returns zoo after a long weekend out on the town.

The High Park Zoo says the Toronto peacock has returned to the zoo, and is currently in the bison pen.

Vince Talotta / Toronto Star file photo

The High Park Zoo says the Toronto peacock has returned to the zoo, and is currently in the bison pen.

Days after its escape from the High Park Zoo, Torontobs missing peacock is finally back home.

Toronto Animal Services initially attempted to capture the bird, but eventually decided to wait for it to return on its own.

Just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, the zoo confirmed on Twitter that the peacock had indeed returned.

It said the bird was currently in the bison pen bbut will hopefully fly back to his own shortly.

Sarah Doucette (open Sarah Doucette’s policard), the city councillor for Ward 13 who sits on the board for the Friends of the High Park Zoo, said the bird returned overnight.

“Hebs a little skittish right now because he’s been excited by being out and about,” Doucette said. She added that the zoo hopes to get the bird back into the aviary enclosure later Wednesday.

“That will allow him to come back in with the other peacocks, the pea hens, and just have sort of quiet time,b she said. bHe can then go into the bird area, the barn area if he wants to go inside. And just sort of regroup, recoup and get his bearings again.”

Doucette said that while peacocks at the zoo occasionally fly to trees in the area, bthis one’s a bit more adventurous’ and that staff would be keeping a close eye on the aviary Houdini.

The zoo took steps to bring the peacock home, including playing pea hen sounds in the area (it’s currently mating season) and placing food around the park, not just in the zoo.

“I had a feeling he’d go home, I’d been saying that since day one. I had faith in him,” Doucette said.

“He took his time. He could have been quicker, but he took his time b& webre very happy he has returned home, and he’s safe and sound. Everybody can go find another twitter account to follow now.”