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The California Town Invaded by Feral Peacocks

Jul 16, 2014 | 570 videos
Video by KPCC

In this short documentary, KPCC's Maya Sugarman and Benjamin Brayfield investigate the peculiar story of Rolling Hills Estates, an affluent Los Angeles County town that's been overrun by peacocks and peahens. The birds were first brought to the area in the early 20th century, and now, hundreds of them roost in the trees and peck for food in the streets. While some residents love them for adding an "exotic" flavor to the neighborhood, others aren't so happy. At least 50 of the birds have been found dead in the recent years. They've been hit by cars, poisoned, and even shot by pellet guns and arrows.

Author: Chris Heller


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