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Video: Errant Peacock Causes $500 Worth Of Damage At Arcadia Liquor Store

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A peacock trashed an Arcadia liquor store on Monday morning and tipped over several bottles of wine and Champagne, exacting about $500 in damage in the process, reports Fox 11.

Rani Ghanem, manager of Royal Oaks Liquors in Arcadia, told LAist that the bird had entered the store unnoticed. "I didn't see it until after it'd come in. A lady pointed it out to me. She said, 'Hey you got a bird in your store.' And I thought it was going to be a little bird."

Instead, Ghanem came across a bonafide peacock. An animal control officer later arrived with a net, and a precarious standoff ensued in which the bird knocked over several bottles of alcohol. The bird was eventually caught and taken away from the store.

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Ghanem told LAist that it was his first encounter with a peacock anywhere, let alone a liquor store. "That was my first time seeing a peacock. I've seen them on TV, but not in person," said Ghanem.

Is this a type of thing that would be covered by insurance? Possibly. But Ghanem told LAist that, luckily, the cost of the damage wasn't all that much to him. "I'd rather not go through the whole process of getting the money back. I'll just take the loss on this," said Ghanem.

And in case you're wondering how a peacock ended up in an Arcadia liquor store, peafowl are actually a common sight in the area. As detailed at Los Angeles Magazine, they were first brought over to the Arcadia area by Elias “Lucky” Baldwin, a real estate and business tycoon (both Baldwin Park and Baldwin Hills are named after him). He'd imported the birds from India in the late 1800s after he became smitten with them during his travels. Gradually, the birds sauntered off into the wild and proliferated. As noted at the L.A. Times, peacocks aren't always a welcome sight, as they are sometimes known to "eat residents' gardens and have been known to attack shiny car fenders."

Peacocks are so common in Arcadia, in fact, that the city has devoted entire pamphlets to answer pressing questions such as "What do I do if peacocks continually return to my property?" They even provide a listing of flora that peacocks tend to avoid (they're not a big fan of azaleas, for instance).