SPCA investigating after 22 peacocks found dead in Cape Town

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
One of the peacocks found dead in Durbanville.
One of the peacocks found dead in Durbanville.
Daniel Kid
  • Over 20 peacocks were found dead in Durbanville amid fears they may have been poisoned. 
  • A resident said that some were in the final throes of convulsion and vomiting, while others were already dead. 
  • The peacocks are a familiar sight in the semi-rural suburb on the fringes of the Cape Town metropolis.

More than 20 peacocks that are a familiar sight to Durbanville, Cape Town, residents were found dead along the veld on Skilpadvlei Way. 

The horrific find was made early on Tuesday after the local neighbourhood watch started receiving reports from concerned residents. 

Resident Ryan Jonas said some who were in their final death throes were convulsing and vomiting, raising fears that they may have been poisoned. 

"I don't think it was an accident," said a shocked Jonas. 

READ | Creecy wants courts to clear red tape over Western Cape fishing licenses

He said the peacocks had been a feature of the area for at least 20 years.

"It is just beautiful to have them there. They just had little chicks too," he said. 

Jonas is now worried about the fate of the francolins and guinea fowl that also forage in the area which is close to a wetland.

Jaco Pieterse of the Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said 22 carcasses of peacocks were collected, of which 12 were adult peacocks,  and seven were juveniles. 

They also retrieved a ring neck dove and two laughing doves.

"We are busy with an investigation," said Pieterse.

Appeal

"However, at this stage we do not have much information. We are going out with a public appeal to ask for the public to provide us with information, should they have any."

Jonas said there was talk that if they were poisoned it may have been somebody who was annoyed with their distinctive shrill cries, but stressed that this had not been confirmed.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said several residents reported finding dead peacocks in the street and in their yards.

The Grassy Park SPCA was contacted, and they removed the dead peacock.

Van Wyk said about five who were still found alive were also removed.

He asked that anyone with information on the incident call Durbanville police on 021 970 3826 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

A case falling under the Animal Protection Act is being investigated. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Matric results are out! Are you happy with your child's result?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
No, the pandemic really messed up their ability to focus
33% - 419 votes
Yes, they did well given the circumstances
67% - 864 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.29
-1.2%
Rand - Pound
20.63
-0.7%
Rand - Euro
17.32
-1.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.92
-0.7%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-1.0%
Gold
1,839.79
+0.3%
Silver
23.90
-1.6%
Palladium
2,149.50
+1.8%
Platinum
1,028.50
-0.5%
Brent Crude
87.89
-0.6%
Top 40
65,653
-3.9%
All Share
72,164
-3.7%
Resource 10
71,479
-4.8%
Industrial 25
90,959
-3.5%
Financial 15
14,713
-2.5%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE