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Peacocks: Most Miami Reason for a Traffic Jam

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For half an hour this morning, North Miami Avenue -- one of the city's most crowded arteries -- was shut down.

By peacocks.

For most of the show, it was funny, but not to the honking buses, swerving drivers, and cops who didn't show up.

A crowd (gaggle?) of about nine of the birds wandered back and forth across North Miami Avenue where it crosses Little River at North 86th Street.

In the past, the peacocks have created big problems in Boynton Beach and Coconut Grove, where citizens complained and then-commissioner Marc Sarnoff stated concern that they would "take [matters] into their own hands."

Turns out there isn't much you can do about the peacocks. According to the New York Times, you can't trap them, removal costs about $400, and the county would have to state there is an "infiltration" before animal services could take action.

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