Bob and Linda Buff of Lincolnton received a strange call from their neighbor Monday.
â€œDo you have a peacock?â€ they were asked.
Nope, they sure didnâ€™t.
â€œWell, you do now,â€ the neighbor replied.
Sure enough, the couple went outside, and there, eating cat food on their front porch, was an enormous, colorful peacock.
â€œWe just couldnâ€™t believe it,â€ said Linda.
The bird seemed to make himself completely at home. He wasnâ€™t at all bothered by the Buffs hovering over him.
In fact, the peacock hasnâ€™t strayed far from their house since the Buffs discovered him.
â€œHe just seems to be very pleasant,â€ said Linda. â€œHe doesnâ€™t seem to be afraid at all.â€
The bird has spent his time wandering around their yard, perching surprisingly high in trees and shocking neighborhood cats.
â€œThey just look,â€ said Bob. â€œThey donâ€™t know what to think about him.â€
Neither do the Buffs. The couple have been searching for an owner, but so far have had no luck.
In the meantime, they have enjoyed watching him spread his tail â€“ which he does when he sees his reflection in cars â€“ and showing off to the grandchildren.
Their 7-year-old grandson even asked if the new peacock would be their Thanksgiving dinner.
All in all, itâ€™s been an interesting few days for the family.
â€œItâ€™s exciting for him to show up,â€ said Bob. â€œWhoâ€™s had a peacock to show up in your yard?â€
The Buffs feed the peacock bird seed, but they donâ€™t keep him captive. The bird goes where he wants to, his long tail feathers following behind him.
â€œHe never goes anywhere in a hurry,â€ Bob said.
The couple is sure somewhere out in Lincolnton is a distraught peacock owner. If no owner appears, the couple donâ€™t know what theyâ€™ll do.
â€œHeâ€™s just beautiful,â€ Linda said. â€œBut we canâ€™t keep him.â€
Have information on the lost peacock? Call the Buffs at (704) 732-1690.
by Sarah Grano