Man vs bird: wildlife rescuer pursues peahen across Norwich - and the bird is winning

Have you lost a peafowl in Norwich? Picture: Martine Kirkbride

Have you lost a peafowl in Norwich? Picture: Martine Kirkbride - Credit: Archant

The running saga of a peahen on the loose in Norwich has sparked an epic battle of wits between man and bird involving a wildlife rescuer.

We reported on Friday how a peahen had escaped its owner and had been spotted in the Unthank Road area, sparking a birdhunt involving the RSPB.

Now, Kevin J Murphy, who describes himself as 'Norfolk Wildlife Rescue' has been chronicling his attempts to recapture the bird as it roams the city.

And as of Saturday evening, the bird was winning.

The prolonged pursuit saw Mr Murphy track the bird to an area off Earlham Road.

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Footage posted on his Twitter account (@1969dalyboy) shows the bird fleeing to a gravelled driveway, before heading for the safety of a tree.

Mr Murphy attempted to coax the bird down using peacock calls, having already failed in his efforts to use grain to entice the feathery fugitive.

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But when his calls fell flat, he pursued the bird into the tree, only to fall out, suffering minor cuts to his arm.

He eventually gave up the chase, and will try again in the morning.

He said: 'It's a very fast bird. It's like chasing the road runner when they go.

'And as soon as they take off, you've got no chance.'

Mr Murphy confirmed that the bird is yet to be recovered, but had been spotted again in Hingham Road.

It is believed to belong to a family in Aylsham.

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