Of all the animals in Canada you might expect to have some sort of problems with in an urban area peacocks certainly do not come to mind at all.
But in one area of Surrey B.C. there’s a whole bunch of feral peacocks just running wild.
And they’re doing serious damage to people’s cars.
There’s around 150 of these birds just running wild in the city, and they’re obsessed with pecking and scratching people’s cars.
The birds get confused by their own reflection when they get too close to darkly coloured cars, much like all those cat videos you’ve seen where the cat doesn’t recognize itself in the mirror, and scratch and peck the side of car.
There's a peacock problem in this #Surrey neighborhood! The birds catch themselves in the reflection of vehicles, and end up scratching the cars. Neighbours say they're also extremely loud. City officials say they're speaking with experts to determine next steps. pic.twitter.com/nTAOZr4vJ8— Sarah MacDonald (@CTVSarah) June 2, 2018
And they don’t just get confused for a few minutes then move on, the birds are basically obsessed with trying to kill their own reflection.
Surrey resident Ryan Cragg says he’s seen the birds spend hours pecking and scratching up cars just because they see their own reflection.
If you’re wondering how in the world all these peacocks got here in the first place the answer is that about a decade ago someone had a peacock farm in the area.
The farmer moved away but left the birds behind and now they’ve become part of the neighbourhood.
The city can’t get rid of them because peacocks aren’t covered in the Wildlife Act. But with them now scratching up people’s expensive cars it seems people really want the birds gone.
“This is only a peacock, not a gangster, so please come and catch them," said resident Jatinder Sigrahl.