After Trapping, Peahens Going Crazy in Coconut Grove

After Trapping, Peahens Going Crazy in Coconut Grove
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The other day, 44-year-old Carlos Iglesia was jogging in Kennedy Park when he heard a strange noise. It sounded like a lady screaming in pain -- or intense pleasure? -- so he slowed down to investigate, and found several wild peaheans huddled behind an old fence.

"They yell like a woman having an orgasm," Iglesia says, and then imitates the noise in a falsetto pitch. "It sounds like, uh-ahhhhh!"

The unruly female squawkers started acting insane -- "screeching" and "smashing into glass doors" -- in Coconut Grove two weeks ago, after trappers relocated a flock of males to prevent mating. According to Grove activists, they were brought to a Redland farm because they're loud and poop everywhere.

This angered outspoken guys like Iglesia, who say the psychedelic sidewalk chickens are "part of Grove tradition." Getting rid of them seems to have made things worse: The lady critters have since come down with a serious case of the lonelys.

Both male and female peacocks first started disappearing in the North Grove a little over a year ago, after an influential doctor who lives on MiCanopy Avenue contacted the city. The city gave the go ahead to transport them to Sandy Acre Avocado and Mango Farm in Redland. When neighbors heard the news in August, they accused the old farmers of stealing.

(Farmer Sidney Robinson tells Riptide the city asked him to adopt the peacocks, and that he's "just trying to accommodate mother nature.")

Later, Coconut Grove Grapevine Blogger Tom Falco wrote: "It was either get rid of the peacocks or the doctor, and I wish it had been the latter."

Last week the fowl -- this time just the males -- went missing again. The abandoned females are louder than ever, and Falco now blames city officials. "It was all done secretly," he says. "Just because a couple people were bitching."

Both male and female peacocks first started disappearing in the North Grove a little over a year ago, after an influential doctor who lives on McCanopy Avenue contacted the city. The city gave the go ahead to transport them to up at Sandy Acre Avocado and Mango Farm in Redland. When neighbors heard the news in August, they accused the old farmers of stealing.

(Farmer Sidney Robinson tells Riptide the city asked him to adopt the peacocks, and that he's "just trying to accommodate mother nature.")

Later, Coconut Grove Grapevine Blogger Tom Falco wrote: "It was either get rid of the peacocks or the doctor, and I wish it had been the latter."

Last week the fowl - this time just the males -- started disappearing again. The abandoned females are louder than ever, and Falco now blames city officials. "It was all done secretly," he says. "Just because a couple people were bitching."


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