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Elusive Flushing peacock finally captured

A police officer approaches the escaped Queens peacock with a cage moments before the bird took flight, escaping to a nearby roof. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
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The roving Queens peacock was finally caught Friday, and is back at the 4-acre farm he calls home at John Bowne High School in Flushing.

The varicolored bird had been on the lam for weeks, popping up at various places around Kew Gardens Hills. Yet each time the authorities were called, the wily fowl would elude their nets and cages, according to school officials and New York City Animal Care & Control, which confirmed the peacock’s capture.

The peacock, which does not have a name, shares the farm space with one other bird in the high school, located at 63-25 Main St.

School officials were confident the peacock could survive on its own — the birds stay on the farm even through the winter — but Steven Perry, assistant principal of the agriculture program at the high school, was worried about unnatural hazards like cars.

Perry said that the bird would likely be due for a wing trimming upon its return, and that school officials will be more vigilant about clipping its feathers in the future to allow the bird to escape harm, but prevent it from flying out of the compound.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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