The mystery of why a white peacock was crossing a road in Newbury Park, Ilford, London has been solved.
The bird had been strutting around Aldborough Road North much to the bemusement of drivers and passers-by. The owner has now been identified as Shirley Rudge who lives in the same road. Mrs Rudge said: “I don’t know why he’s suddenly taken to escaping.
“He was 500 yards down the road and when he walks you struggle to keep up with him. He’s a bit of a loner wanders off on his own.” She has 11 peacocks in total and says it is not uncommon for the male birds to go for a meander during the mating season.
“Sometimes the boys in the spring get out looking for girlfriends but it’s the wrong time of year. He’s now in a cage which is just against anything I have worked for,” Mrs Rudge added. This particular preening peacock was bred from two coloured birds and is classed as a mutant and is not, as often thought, an albino.