Man pummels vampire peacock
NEW YORK (AP) -- A peacock that roamed into the parking lot of a Burger King in New York City was beaten by a man who insisted it was a vampire.

Animal control officials in Staten Island say the bird was beaten so fiercely that most of its tail feathers fell out and it had to be euthanized.

The seven-year-old male peacock wandered into the restaurant parking lot and perched on a car hood last week. Charmed employees had been feeding it bread when the man appeared.

A restaurant worker says the man grabbed the bird by the neck, hurled it to the ground and started stomping it. She says when he was asked what he was doing, he responded, "'I'm killing a vampire!"'

Employees called police, but the man ran when he saw them.


11 Responses:

  1. chuck_lw says:

    The first thing that occurred to me was something in the Yazidi faith where the Satan figure -- who's actually a good guy in that religion -- is referred to as the "Peacock Angel."

    That peacock pummeler obviously hates Yazidis as well.

    Or something.

  2. Holy shit, HST completely flipped the biscuit on peacock preference in the undeath!

  3. This depressed me when I read it on one of those aggregation sites (digg slash reddit or something) You have people that are feeding this exotic bird; something strange and wonderful something out of the grey machine that is there day to day life. Then some fuck comes up and brutally murders it.

    I'm trying to avoid seeing this as a metaphor for my interaction with 90 percent of humanity but it seems so familiar.

    • ellyjonez says:

      yeah, it depressed me too.

    • you bleeding heart vampire sympathizers make me sick

    • edlang says:

      something strange and wonderful something out of the grey machine that is there day to day life.

      You mean, avoiding giving food to all the homeless people and those below the poverty line in NYC?

      Is anyone claiming ownership of the peacock?

    • pozorvlak says:

      Hey, you want to know something really depressing? Bread's actually really bad for birds, according to a friend who works in an animal shelter. It sticks in their stomachs, absorbing lots and lots of water. Give them enough, and it kills them, albeit slowly enough that you don't connect the death to the bread-eating.

  4. korgmeister says:

    Is it wrong that I read this and think of 'Hunter: the Reckoning'?

  5. kimberley66 says:

    Vampire. . . shesh. . .what crack pipe was he smoking?!

    Poor peacock :(