|A male peacock on the rooftop of a house on Trần Quốc Thảo Street in HCM City. VNS Photo/Ngọc Khải|Viet Nam News
On Tuesday, residents on Trần Quốc Thảo Street in HCM City’s District 3 spotted a male peacock sitting behind a bush on the rooftop of an abandoned building.
The group of young men tried to approach the bird, but to no avail. It flew to another building. (Yes, peacocks can fly.)
“I wondered how it could feed itself and survive on the rooftop, because they can fly only short distances,” said one of the men.
The head of HCM City’s Forest Ranger Division, Nguyễn Xuân Lưu, says the bird was a Vietnamese peacock protected under Government rules.
Lưu says the bird probably escaped from a cage where it was being raised illegally by someone. If the district authorities find the bird, an appropriate fine will be imposed on the owner.
Lưu said that residents inform the authorities and other agencies about illegal use of such protected animals, so they can be sent to the Wild Animal Rescue Centre in Củ Chi District for care before being released to their natural habitat.VNS