Rampaging peacock trashes liquor store

7th June, 2017 by Lauren Eads

A rogue peacock has destroyed US$500 worth of wine and spirits after brazenly strutting into a liquor store in Los Angeles and refusing to leave.

The persistent peacock evaded capture for 90 minutes

The flightless fowl found its way through the door of the Royal Oaks Liquor Store in Arcadia, California, earlier this week, perhaps on the hunt for a bottle of ‘Peck-orino’, we like to imagine.

However it wasn’t long before the avian adventurer was confronted by an animal control officer, intent on booting out the beaked intruder.

Much like a Benny Hill sketch, the officer began the tricky task of chasing the pesky peacock around the store with a net.

However this fine-feathered peafowl was having none of it, leading the officer on a 90-minute goose chase around the store, trashing much of its stock in the process.

As he watched the bizarre face-off between man and peacock unfold, Rani Ghanem, a 21-year-old San Bernardino resident whose family owns the store, pinpointed the exact moment of calamity.

“He was trying to get it with the fishing net, and (the bird) jumped on the first wine bottle. When that happened, I was like, ‘Aw, this is about to be a big mess'”, speaking to the Miami Herald.  

“He tried to get it again with the net… It just went straight diving into all the bottles. The more he kept on trying to use the net, the more it kept on flapping its wings and knocking everything over.”

Finally, the persistent peacock was ensnared, unharmed, having destroyed $500 worth of wine and spirits, including some expensive Champagne.

“He’s got expensive taste,” added Mr Ghanem. “I’m like, ‘You break, you buy, dude’. But clearly he did not. He got away with it.”

Peacocks are actually very common in Los Angeles, having been introduced to the area by Elias “Lucky” Baldwin, a real estate and business tycoon, who imported the birds from India in the 1800s. Over the years, the birds have escaped captivity to breed in the wild, causing mischief in residential gardens by eating flora and fauna, and occasionally attacking shiny car fenders.

For more booze-related animal adventures, check out our top 10 drunken animal stories.

4 Responses to “Rampaging peacock trashes liquor store”

  1. Charles says:

    Leave aside Pecorino is a hard Italian cheese that does not come in a bottle, the daftest thing this ‘animal control officer’ did was to chase the bird. If they had left the door open it is highly likely the bird would have sauntered out the same way it came in with minimal or no damage.

    • Lauren Eads says:

      Hi Charles,

      Thanks for the comment. Pecorino is also a white Italian grape variety grown in the Marche, Abruzzo, Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio regions of Italy.

      Lauren

  2. Meg Hansen says:

    Wow – a Titus scene right out of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!!

  3. Derek says:

    Clearly a Bluetones fan

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Sales Account Manager

Jascots Wine Merchants
London, UK

Marylebone Sales Manager

Philglas & Swiggot
Marylebone, London, UK

Area Sales Manager

Bon Coeur Fine Wines
North England, UK

Procurement Assistant – Wine

Adnams PLC
Southwold, UK

Account Manager Central London

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

Brand Ambassador

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

National Business Development Manager

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

Marketing Assistant

Hatch Mansfield
Ascot, Berkshire, UK

Marketing Manager

Bancroft Wines
London, UK

Regional Sales Manager – Scotland

Bancroft Wines
London, UK

Sales Manager – London On-Trade

Bancroft Wines
London, UK

Customer Service & Sales Support Executive

Jascots Wine Merchants
London, UK

Market Insight Analyst

Conviviality PLC
London, UK

Technical Manager

Enotria&Coe
Park Royal, London, GB

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 25th August 2017

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Deadline : 25th August 2017

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st September 2017

The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st September 2017

Click to view more

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

The Global Organic Masters 2017

The drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Organic Masters

The Drinks Business Awards 2017

Now in its 15th year, the db awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its first year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

Click to view more