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Idaho Life: Roaming peacock becomes unofficial mascot of Boise Bench

The blue peacock is native to India and Sri Lanka. But a peacock in Boise?

“There’s a lot of wild peacocks hanging around,” said Kristine Schellhaas, a spokesperson for the Idaho Humane Society. “We think it’s about seven peacocks that live anywhere from Federal Way all the way over through the Bench. So they’re just around.”

So where did they come from?

“A lot of people think they escaped the zoo,” Schellhaas said. “That’s one of the rumors out there. We believe it’s an owner who had peacocks at one point in time. They may have moved on. But I don’t think the zoo released these peacocks.”

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