The 'beauty' is the pair of peafowl that showed up on my property.
The 'beast' is that someone most likely dumped them.
What makes me think that?
Don't I live in a neighborhood where all my neighbors have at least three acres? Goodness knows one of them could have peacocks.
There are only 16 homes in our neighborhood. I know all my neighbors and asked around a bit.
Also, if you've ever lived near a peacock, you'll know it.
One of the neighbors described the call of a peacock as "just like woman screaming for her life".
There's no way to have peacocks as pets and not have the neighbors know about it.
The sound they make is what makes me think they were dumped.
Someone probably got a pair because they thought they were beautiful.
They were expensive--at least the white one was. I think he or she is a Silver-Pied peafowl. That makes her worth upwards of a hundred dollars.
They weren't fully aware of four things that make peacocks less than perfect pets:
1. Their call is loud and disruptive--especially when they go off at night.
2. Their poo piles are quite large and stinky.
3. Even if raised from chicks, they don't really have a need to hang out with humans.
4. They can fly. Usually they fly onto the branches above your car to roost at night. Then, in the morning your car is decorated (see #2).
Unfortunately, like any fowl, they get used to their surroundings. They range from home, but only so far.
This pair was disoriented and the darker of the two was frantic to keep moving.
I hoped they would hang around.
I hoped they had just wandered over hill and dale and ended up in our neighborhood somehow.
I hoped that maybe, just maybe, someone was looking for them.
What they did do was wander out into the ranch land behind us.
That pretty white one doesn't stand a chance.
If the coyotes don't spot her right away, the Great Horned owls will spot her overnight.
There ought to be a law that says if you want to purchase any sort of animal, you need to pass a test on its care and well being, first.
No pass, no pet.