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Hampton-in-Arden peacock finds mate at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A LOVELORN peacock who became one of Hampton-in-Arden's more colourful characters has found a likely mate at last - at Birmingham's Botanical Gardens

A LOVELORN peacock who became one of Hampton-in-Arden's more colourful characters has found a likely mate at last - at Birmingham's Botanical Gardens

Percy, as he is known, arrived in the leafy Solihull village more than a year ago - no-one knows where he came from - and his piercing mating call soon became a familiar sound locally.

He settled in the area around Fentham Green, where residents of old people's bungalows fed him. But he couldn't find a female of the species with whom to share his life and some people complained about the noise he made, saying they were kept awake at night.

So Percy was taken to the gardens in Edgbaston, where the peacock population has dwindled because of the death of George - the last remaining male - who was killed by foxes.

Percy has been introduced to the only peahen there in the hope of increasing the numbers of the resplendent birds.

Linda Keen, from the Botanical Gardens, said: "I think we have timed it just right as Percy seems to have settled in quickly to his new home and is working on capturing the affections of our peahen.

"The peacocks in general are a great addition to the gardens and a regular fascination for visitors."

Hampton parish councillor Malcolm James said: "I was sorry to see Percy leave - he was a marvellous sight strutting about with his beautiful plumage - but we did get complaints from village residents about the noise he was creating.

"And being so near the flight path for Birmingham Airport wasn't the safest place for him to be.

"We made inquiries to try to discover where he had come from, his original home, but without success.

"I'm sure, though, he'll be happy at the botanical gardens, where he'll be well looked after and hopefully have a love life at long last."

 

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