ARCADIA ( — Just imagine the surprise for the folks who work and shop at the Royal Oaks Liquor Store when a peacock wandered in and wouldn’t leave. The bird ended up flying up on top of the shelves knocking bottles over before animal control came and helped get the peacock to safety.

The peacock flapped around the store trying to find a way out. At one point it flew right towards Rani Ghanem who manages the store. He took video after calling animal control for help.

“It flew towards me. I didn’t know they could actually fly high but it flew up above the counter and it landed here on top of the ice cream freezer,” Ghanem said.

Ghanem tried to help the peacock find the door but instead the bird perched up on top of the wine shelves. With a bird’s eye view of business below, customers were still coming and going, some of them even took pictures with the bird.

“This was really out of my comfort zone, I was kind of scared I didn’t know what to do,” Ghanem said.

It wasn’t long before animal control arrived. They used a net to guide the peacock down from the top of the shelves, but it didn’t come down without a fight.  The rescue was a success and the bird was taken to safety, but Ghanem was left to clean up the mess.

The peacock ended up knocking down about $500 worth of wine and champagne. Peacocks are a protected species, even feeding them comes with a big fine, up to $1000 and six months of jail time.

Comments (7)
  1. David Chance says:

    hmmmmm…30 cent bullet could have saved 500.00 of product , only in lala land!

  2. Nick Belli says:

    Protected Species? Really?!? I love peafowl. My family owned several when I was growing up. But peafowl are little more than chickens with delusions of grandeur. More than that they could be considered an invasive species. They can fly just enough to fly into trees at dusk to sleep. Flying on to the top of a shelf is a defensive move. Our peafowl were allowed to roam our property (we had an acre in Monterey county) and the peafowl acted like they owned the property. They would face off the dogs and steal their food. They were smart enough to realize food came from inside the house and would sneak inside every chance they got. They were not pets, at least they didn’t consider themselves subordinate to the people.
    Shooting one would be a gross over response. Simply walking slowing towards one would force it to walk away. They aren’t dangerous, certainly nothing like a goose. Those suckers can be mean!