Percy the peacock outstays welcome

WHEN Percy the peacock mysteriously turned up in their garden, the young Berry family admit they were quite excited about their unusual and uninvited pet.

But nearly four months on, their garden is covered with droppings preventing three-year-old Conor and his sister Erin, two, from playing outside.

Now the family, who live in Fornham All Saints, are desperate to reunite Percy with his proper owner.

Mum Debbie said: “He just arrived over the August Bank Holiday. We came down and he was there.

“Initially it was a bit exciting. The children love it when he peers through the window while they are eating their breakfast.

“They would be quite happy for me to let him in,”

But the trouble with Percy is his droppings.

“He is very nice to look at, but he is becoming a bit of a nuisance. As soon as we clear it up there is more – we can’t keep on top of it,” said Debbie .

“He makes such a mess.”

So far she has tried contacting local landowners including Hengrave Hall in a bid to find the bird’s owner.

“I also tried the RSPCA, who said that as he is a wild bird they cannot come and remove him. They said just treat him like a sparrow – but there’s quite a difference.”

The RSPCA’s website advises that the best way to get a peacock to move on is to not feed it, remove bird feeders and make sure neighbours do not feed the bird either. Failing that, it suggests complaining to the council about noise pollution.

It adds that while sympathetic to complaints it does not rescue animals which are healthy and capable of survival.

If you can help the Berry family, contact them on 07881 736024.