Peacock visitors in St Albans town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:50 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:07 06 May 2010

One of the Oaklands peacocks

One of the Oaklands peacocks

STRUTTING their stuff around town recently were two birds of very fine feather – peacocks to be precise! Currently residing at Oaklands College s Smallford campus, they have roamed abroad across the main road and over to Homebase in Hatfield Road. After i

STRUTTING their stuff around town recently were two birds of very fine feather - peacocks to be precise!

Currently residing at Oaklands College's Smallford campus, they have roamed abroad across the main road and over to Homebase in Hatfield Road.

After indulging in a spot of window shopping, they showed off a bit by landing on adjacent roofs until people from the college arrived to tempt them home again with morsels of food.

Tony Hawkins, Head of the Animal Management Department, said: "We have three peacocks - the father and two sons. Sadly, the mum died a few months back but I bought a peahen at the weekend and we are getting two more soon.

"The two boys - like typical teenagers - go AWOL now and again but they always come home eventually for their food. The locals love it when they spot them and take photos and videos of them."

They have a hutch back at the Smallford campus where they are locked in at night but otherwise roam freely in the daytime.


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