Escaped Zoo Peacocks That Caused Scene on I-76 Are Still on the Lam

Zoo officials say they will work with police to corral the missing flock on Thursday.

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Four peacocks with a taste for adventure caused quite a scene on I-76 on Wednesday evening when they stopped traffic after escaping from the grounds of the Philadelphia Zoo.

A spokesman for the zoo explained to NBC10 that the animal sanctuary’s peacock flock is permitted to roam the property freely for guests to interact with. While they sometimes venture past the zoo’s gates, the peacocks typically return home on their own accord after a short time away. The taste of freedom was apparently too sweet yesterday evening, however, as the four birds strutted their way down I-76 westbound near the Girard Avenue exit around 8:30 p.m.

Two lanes were shut down on the highway – causing a backup for miles – as Pennsylvania state police followed the path of the peacocks closely. Troopers eventually managed to get the flock off the road but were ultimately unable to catch them as they flew into the woods surrounding I-76.

Zoo officials say their missing friends went to roost for the night and plan on picking up the search with police on Thursday.

Update: According to multiple reports, one of the escaped peacocks has been found dead. Police say the search for the additional three birds could take “days or weeks.”