Free-roaming Philadelphia Zoo peacocks have not yet come home to roost

Curators and keepers are working with police to locate the birds.

John McDevitt
May 31, 2018 - 12:45 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Several peacocks from the Philadelphia Zoo that were spotted walking along the shoulder of I-76 Wednesday night near the Girard Avenue Exit remain on the loose.

The zoo said the birds are part of a larger free-roaming flock. The peacocks have exited the zoo gates in the past and returned on their own, however the zoo says what makes this trip unusual is the distance they traveled.

Animal curators and keepers are working with police to locate the peacocks.

On Wednesday around 8 p.m., Pennsylvania state police used vehicles to act as a shield for the four peacocks strolling along the Schuylkill Expressway. Traffic was backed up for miles. The birds could not be contained, and they retreated into the nearby wooded area.

One of the birds was discovered dead Thursday, likely hit by a vehicle.

The zoo is working with police to get the other three peacocks back home safely.

If you encounter the birds, zoo officials say to stay away. Instead, they're asking the public to take a photo and send it to Include the day, time and specific location.