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Mystery of Brocton's missing peacocks

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

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THE Brocton village peacocks featured in the Newsletter on July 24 have been located. They turned up in Stile Cop near Rugeley.

Sadly there is now only one peacock after one was hit by a car on a busy road and killed, leaving his sad friend behind.

It is a mystery of how the peacocks, affectionately known locally as Raj and Taj, got to Rugeley. They could not have got there under their own steam because it is a distance of 10 miles.

Although peacocks can ascend into a tree to roost or jump a fence to escape predators, they cannot prolong flight.

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We can only think that someone drove Raj and Taj to Stile Cop and dumped them there. Why?

The majority of villagers in Brocton took great pleasure in sharing the village with these two lovely creatures with their funny antics.

But there was a minority who did not welcome them at all. Some even went as far to report Raj and Taj to the parish council, with their petty concerns of scraping of lawns, the birds calling to each other and landing on peoples rooftops - how pathetic.

Why do these same people choose to live right next to Cannock Chase if they don’t want to share it with the wildlife? What a shame some people cannot appreciate the beauty of nature when they see it and would rather destroy it.

Mandy Baker

Petwelfare animal rescue, Brocton

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