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Ohio police warn of mysterious pair of peacocks

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[May 07, 2010]  FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- Two peacocks strutting their stuff have motorists on alert in one Ohio community.

Police in Fairfield Township north of Cincinnati said more than a dozen people have called 911 in the last month to report they spotted the flamboyant birds. Police Chief Richard St. John isn't sure where they came from, and he's concerned the unusual sights could startle motorists and pose a traffic hazard.

Peacocks are not native to southwest Ohio. St. John said Wednesday that a local family owns some of the birds but said the prowling peacocks are not theirs. Attempts at catching them have been unsuccessful.

St. John says that if motorists come across a peacock in the road, it's better to hit the bird than swerve into another car or a pedestrian.

[Associated Press]

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