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(AZCentral)   In any other state Meanie the Peacock might have been rehabilitated... but this was Texas, my friends, so dinner is served   (azcentral.com) divider line 73
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2014-02-18 02:04:48 PM
The statement says the frightened woman fled indoors and the peacock's caretaker used his shotgun to kill the bird

And knowing Texas, it was probably loaded with buckshot.

/peacock pâte, anyone?
 
2014-02-18 02:22:04 PM
You do know where food comes from, right, hippy?
 
2014-02-18 02:24:33 PM
Peacocks are assholes.
 
2014-02-18 02:26:07 PM
What do you think Europeans ate before they discovered the homely turkey?
 
2014-02-18 02:28:07 PM
CSB... I was driving around some part of Houston one day and saw this same peacock walking loose. Took a picture and everything.

Brings up a question...who the *hell* keeps one of these things for a pet?
 
2014-02-18 02:30:55 PM

haruspex: What do you think Europeans ate before they discovered the homely turkey?


IIRC, they'd skin them, then serve the roasted bird in its feathers.
Supposed to be a delicacy, but from what I've read it was more of a visual treat than one of taste.
Same with swans.
 
2014-02-18 02:35:02 PM
it has a strong flavor, but OK if you can't get chicken, duck, goose, turkey, quail, phesant, game hen, grouse,

but they do not make good pets, noisy and mean.
 
2014-02-18 02:36:31 PM
 The deputy fired a stun gun at the peacock, but he continued his attack.

Haha. I'm laughing at the mental image of a cop freaking out about a bird and firing a stun gun at something that is 90% feathers and that's entire actual meaty parts are less wide than the distance between the stun darts. "Oh god, the taser has no effect! The bird must be on PCP! I'm going to need backup!" At least he didn't start shooting at the bird; then we would have a few bystanders injured or killed and the peacock's owner charged with attempted murder/murder for "making" the cop shoot people.
 
2014-02-18 02:39:41 PM
I'm kind of surprised that the owner didn't try to get the peacock picked up, there's a few places around town that have them


Also geese are bigger assholes
 
2014-02-18 02:40:34 PM

Gabrielmot: CSB... I was driving around some part of Houston one day and saw this same peacock walking loose. Took a picture and everything.

Brings up a question...who the *hell* keeps one of these things for a pet?


There's several at Old Mcdonalds farm on 1960 east of Humble
 
2014-02-18 02:41:02 PM
Damn Yazidis.
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2014-02-18 02:45:19 PM

gopher321: The statement says the frightened woman fled indoors and the peacock's caretaker used his shotgun to kill the bird

And knowing Texas, it was probably loaded with buckshot.

/peacock pâte, anyone?


Very unlikely that it was loaded with buck shot.  1) Texans usually know guns (if they have one) and know that 0 or 00 shot would have too tight a pattern and would carry too far to be appropriate, 2) Buckshot is not common in Texas, as most deer hunting is done with rifles, and 3) dove and turkey hunting is common, so it was likely 7 1/2 shot, or 4 at the lowest.
 
2014-02-18 02:46:29 PM

MisterLoki: Peacocks are assholes.


Peacocks can be very aggressive, and are big enough to be a nuisance (probably not truly dangerous, but could definitely cause minor injuries)
 
2014-02-18 02:47:33 PM

Gabrielmot: CSB... I was driving around some part of Houston one day and saw this same peacock walking loose. Took a picture and everything.

Brings up a question...who the *hell* keeps one of these things for a pet?


When I lived in San Antonio in the 90s there was a bunch of wild peacocks in one northwest neighborhood.  Added to the charm.
 
2014-02-18 02:47:51 PM

Gabrielmot: CSB... I was driving around some part of Houston one day and saw this same peacock walking loose. Took a picture and everything.

Brings up a question...who the *hell* keeps one of these things for a pet?


This guy did.
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2014-02-18 02:48:19 PM
a few peacocks run wild on the grounds of the Navy's graduate school in Monterey, CA.


www.nps.edu
 
2014-02-18 02:53:19 PM
It was coming right at them
 
2014-02-18 02:54:05 PM

Gabrielmot: CSB... I was driving around some part of Houston one day and saw this same peacock walking loose. Took a picture and everything.

Brings up a question...who the *hell* keeps one of these things for a pet?


I had an aunt that kept several at her farm in SE Georgia.  Very terittorial critters.  May be more aggressive than geese.
 
2014-02-18 03:00:36 PM

Another Government Employee: Gabrielmot: CSB... I was driving around some part of Houston one day and saw this same peacock walking loose. Took a picture and everything.

Brings up a question...who the *hell* keeps one of these things for a pet?

I had an aunt that kept several at her farm in SE Georgia.  Very terittorial critters.  May be more aggressive than geese.


I don't know if peacocks are more territorial then geese, i find peacocks usually leave me alone.


But I have a pair of geese that when they see anyone outside of my house will swim across the pond, cross the street and start harassing them
 
2014-02-18 03:02:04 PM
It's livestock, and really ill-behaved livestock at that. Being eaten is what livestock are for. I'm against cruelty to animals as much as the next person, but flogging roosters go in the stew pot, just like this jerk peacock.
 
2014-02-18 03:02:13 PM
They called him meanie.

His new name is Tasty.

Which is as good of reason to post a picture of Ms Tasty from the movie Sex Drive as anything.

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2014-02-18 03:02:47 PM
We have several that hang out on our street. Most of them are pretty friendly and one will even eat out of my hand.

Abused peacock?
/blame the owner not the 'cock
 
2014-02-18 03:07:07 PM
The things are just flamboyant chickens. Remove the gaiety & deep-fry the dang clucker.
 
2014-02-18 03:07:12 PM
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This peacock tastes like asshole.
 
2014-02-18 03:07:58 PM
My brother and I were rehabing a house in St. Louis, south city, and in comes a neighbors peacock begging for a bite of our lunch.  It was pretty weird to be working to loud music and turn around to this huge blue bird checking you out from 2 feet away.
 
2014-02-18 03:08:58 PM

gopher321: And knowing Texas, it was probably loaded with buckshot.


You know how I know that you know Jack Shiat about Texas?
 
2014-02-18 03:09:04 PM
Do peacocks have large talons?
 
2014-02-18 03:09:28 PM
One of my earliest memories was staying at my grandparents farm when my father left to go to Viet Nam in 1965. The neighbors had two peacocks that kept tearing up my grandparents' garden. My grandfather warned the neighbors to keep the noisy bastards out of the garden to no avail.

One morning they were in the garden as usual, and my grandfather (cataracts in both eyes) was trying to shoot them, and failing miserably. My grandmother (a mean old Okie Indian), from the kitchen window shot twice with her .22, and had two dead birds, which she left on the neighbors' porch.
 
2014-02-18 03:10:39 PM

loonatic112358: I'm kind of surprised that the owner didn't try to get the peacock picked up, there's a few places around town that have them


Also geese are bigger assholes


You're telling me.



Q:What do you do when a 40 pound goose jumps in your kayak?

A: Whatever the damn goose wants.



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2014-02-18 03:13:16 PM
While I haven't had problems with the peacocks that I have seem wandering yards, neighborhoods and zoos over the years, I'd have to say that if someone was complaining about one attacking people and it came up and attacked somebody while the cops were taking the report, and it continued to attack them, then it wasn't going to get "rehabilitated" subby, no matter what kind of KumBaYah state you think you live in.
 
2014-02-18 03:19:14 PM
Most birds are mean.  Their ancestors were dinosaurs, and they're pissed because they're so small now.
 
2014-02-18 03:20:10 PM
I always love it when they use pepper spray on birds.  I know it was a stun gun but I read too many stories about cops spraying down angry roosters and wondering why it failed so bad.  think about how pepper spray works and  let that sink in.  Don't get the connection with birds?  Here you go.

Why do I find it amusing?  Well pepper spray in case you didn't know contains capsaicin, this makes peppers hot.  So pepper spray is concentrated pepper extract more or less.  The hottest hot sauce possible.  It's as hot as it gets, but you have to be a mammal.  The deal is capsaicin acts like a drug.  Your skin is getting 'high' and reacts as if it is being burned, your body acts as if it has been injured.  This is an evolved response by the plant to avoid mammals and their crushing teeth.  The plants already produce an variety of toxins in the leaves and thus capsaicin is likely easier to produce than something lethal.  Also the plant does "want" to have its fruit  eaten, but by something that doesn't destroy seeds.  Birds do that and also distribute seeds.  So producing a lethal toxin is out but something that ends up discouraging mammals is in.  Birds also see red, many mammals don't.  Once we got our hands on them we found we liked them too, but for not the reasons the plant intended.  Evolution, if an active being, is at best a D- passing student and takes the attitude  "hey it still worked".  It encouraged something to eat it and spread its seeds, it works.

TLDR; capsaicin doesn't work on birds.  Pepper spray is useless on birds.  Might as well spray them with water.  In the end you have to deal with a pepper sprayed bird that now has the status effect fire added to its melee attack.

Nothing beats a good cock attack story.
 
2014-02-18 03:22:38 PM
Maud Dib:

Q:What do you do when a 40 pound goose jumps in your kayak?A: Whatever the damn goose wants.

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Maybe it thinks it's auditioning for Lohengrin.

/wann fährt der nächste Schwan?
 
2014-02-18 03:33:52 PM
I missed the part where anything was mentioned about eating the bird. Is subby just a dumbass or is it more "Knowing Texas, herpity-derp" assumption?
 
2014-02-18 03:38:18 PM

BWeed6: I missed the part where anything was mentioned about eating the bird. Is subby just a dumbass or is it more "Knowing Texas, herpity-derp" assumption?


Because Fark.
 
2014-02-18 03:41:23 PM
With a name like "Meanie", how'd he expect things to end? Might as well have a little pig named "Bacon Sandwich".
 
2014-02-18 03:43:06 PM

loonatic112358: Another Government Employee: Gabrielmot: CSB... I was driving around some part of Houston one day and saw this same peacock walking loose. Took a picture and everything.

Brings up a question...who the *hell* keeps one of these things for a pet?

I had an aunt that kept several at her farm in SE Georgia.  Very terittorial critters.  May be more aggressive than geese.

I don't know if peacocks are more territorial then geese, i find peacocks usually leave me alone.


But I have a pair of geese that when they see anyone outside of my house will swim across the pond, cross the street and start harassing them


peacocks will often scratch the shiat out of cars because they see a reflection of themselves. They are stupidly territorial.

/love geese attack stories and videos
 
2014-02-18 03:44:16 PM
We have pea fowl that wander the campus ...

That said, eating them is a visual presentation kind of thing... tough meat, turkey or goose is much better. But you want the fancy looks...

So you kill a pea cock, skin it, preserve the skin with feathers intact.  Then roast up a goose or turkey, and drape the pea cock skin over it for the presentation.  Looks pretty, tastes good.
 
2014-02-18 03:54:56 PM
There's a house within a quarter mile of where I live just south of Houston. They keep clydesdales in some paddocks surrounding the house (gorgeous animals) and I always see ~5 peacocks wandering around the front yard when I drive by... I always assumed that the peacocks were their alarm system. cheers
 
2014-02-18 03:55:59 PM
Did the "Weird" tag get killed in an oil rig accident?
 
2014-02-18 04:02:38 PM

wjllope: There's a house within a quarter mile of where I live just south of Houston


When Vargos was torn down they just turned the peacocks out and last I heard they were still just running loose.
 
2014-02-18 04:03:41 PM
You got a lot of damned gall asking the peacock to be rehabilitated.
 
2014-02-18 04:08:22 PM
Considering it only atacked females, I wonder if it was really just trying to mate or something.

In any case...  A shotgun?!  Damn.  He must've blown that bird to kingdom come.
 
2014-02-18 04:09:28 PM
And yet nobody has shot this peacock
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2014-02-18 04:18:53 PM

durbnpoisn: Considering it only atacked females, I wonder if it was really just trying to mate or something.

In any case...  A shotgun?!  Damn.  He must've blown that bird to kingdom come.


Just out of curiousity, what do you think pirds are hunted with, and how powerful do you think birdshot is?
 
2014-02-18 04:22:07 PM

MisterLoki: Peacocks are assholes.


^

that.

(my grandpa had a couple of peacocks in with his guinea hens.  best watchdogs in the world, but evil in two feathery wings)
 
2014-02-18 04:30:53 PM

MycroftHolmes: durbnpoisn: Considering it only atacked females, I wonder if it was really just trying to mate or something.

In any case...  A shotgun?!  Damn.  He must've blown that bird to kingdom come.

Just out of curiousity, what do you think pirds are hunted with, and how powerful do you think birdshot is?


Oh, I know...  Birdshot.  But they make it sound like it was loaded with buckshot.
 
2014-02-18 04:33:27 PM

durbnpoisn: MycroftHolmes: durbnpoisn: Considering it only atacked females, I wonder if it was really just trying to mate or something.

In any case...  A shotgun?!  Damn.  He must've blown that bird to kingdom come.

Just out of curiousity, what do you think pirds are hunted with, and how powerful do you think birdshot is?

Oh, I know...  Birdshot.  But they make it sound like it was loaded with buckshot.


Hmmm, I did not get that at all from the article.  Buckshot is just not that common in Texas (You can by cases and cases of birdshot around Dove season, but buck shot is more expensive and not sold in the same volume).
 
2014-02-18 04:33:29 PM
As someone who has scars acquired in my youth from an aggressively amorous male peacock, I support this decision.
 
2014-02-18 04:36:45 PM

Poowaddins: As someone who has scars acquired in my youth from an aggressively amorous male peacock, I support this decision.


You were asking for it.
 
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