Peacock paranoia!

A free-roaming peacock is causing daily mayhem by attacking a portrait of himself that he believes is a rival!

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The 3ft square photograph is one of 400 new information signs and images that form European Regional Developement-Funded signage across the zoo’s 40-acre site, but the peacock picture is so frequently under attack that staff have now ordered a replacement.   dzg_zoo_signs_peacock1_damage_aHead of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, who designed and compiled the signage, said:?”When I first saw the damage I thought it had been caused by a passing buggy or mobility scooter, but then I noticed it was getting worse every day and one morning I? saw the peacock hurling himself at the head of the image and attacking it with its beak.”   She added: “When I told bird keepers they said it was because the peacock –?not known for their brain power – believed it was a rival and was attacking it to ward it off.   “I don’t know if he’ll ever call a truce, but in the meantime we’ve ordered a new sign to replace the scratched version.”