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Fowl play: the Camden peacock has been caught after a year on the run

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

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Free as a bird? Not any more. An elusive peacock that escaped from London Zoo's Snowdon Aviary in June last year has finally been caught and returned to the zoo. Dubbed the 'Camden peacock', the bird took its chance for escape in June last year when a visitor accidentally left the door open. Over the last year, its been spotted strutting around north London and has managed to shake off various attempts to capture it from police and locals. After a year on the run, you'd think they might let bygones be bygones and leave the peacock to live its life on the open road, but sadly the feds have finally caught up with it.

The Camden peacock, which even has its own Twitter profile, was taking a stroll through the garden at Three Acres Pre-School in Belsize Park when the staff staged an elaborate coup, trapping the bird between two football goalposts, before the folks from London Zoo turned up to take this feathery fella off their hands. Despite its best efforts, the Camden peacock was clearly not born to run.

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