Saved from swimming pool: surprise visitor needs to find its owner

2008-12-03 00:00

Two Wembley women received an unusual early morning surprise recently when a stray peahen (a female peacock) fell into a swimming pool.

Zandile Mthethwa noticed “something big in the swimming pool enclosure. When I went to investigate I found a big bird. It was an impigogo, which seemed quite tame, so I walked up to it, but it stepped backwards into the pool”.

Mthethwa rescued the bird from the water, and was surprised that it did not try to struggle or peck her. She put it into the smallest space she could find, the staff toilet, and hurried to fetch her employer, Else Schreiner.

Schreiner said she has never heard peacocks in the area, and has no idea where the visiting bird came from. She placed an advert under Lost and Found in the Classified section of The Witness, but so far no one has come forward to claim the bird.

It is now with Pam Stuckenberg at Midlands Wildcare in Merrivale, where it is sharing accommodation with other large birds being rehabilitated, including guinea fowl and storks.

Midlands Wildcare is a loose affiliation whose members are concerned about rehabilitating wildlife.

They work closely with local vets who treat injured animals and birds and then pass them to Midlands Wildcare members to care for until they can be released.

Stuckenberg said that if the bird’s rightful owner does not come forward, “there is someone keen to give it a good home”.

If the wandering peahen belongs to you, contact Stuckenberg at 033 330 2681.

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