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Towards the end of 2010 I remember talking to someone and mentioning that I would like to get a peacock. It wasn’t something that was vitally important to me but I just had a sudden desire to live with one. I didn’t think too much more about it until a few months later when I was surprised to see three peacocks wandering around the garden. There were two males and a female.  I immediately thought to myself that I should take out some food and try to encourage them to stay but then I remembered Marlee. How could we have Peacocks wandering around when we had a young boisterous pup who would want to chase them? They stayed for a few hours then wandered off. Over the next few weeks they visited nearly every house and farm in a three or four kilometre radius. Then one day, one of them arrived back at our place on his own, and stayed. I can only surmise that sadly, the other two were killed.


Although I was still a bit worried about Marlee, I took some bread out to him and fed him. The children and I called him Percy. I didn’t expect him to stay but he was still there the next day and the day after that. He has now become a permanent and much loved member of the clan, complete with his own personality and incredible booming ‘honk’ (peacocks have the most amazing call). He peers in at us through the windows and often sits on the water tank watching me while I write. He has worked out an amiable relationship with Marlee and really doesn’t seem particularly bothered by him. (Marlee actually quite likes him because he gets to clean up the bread scraps that Percy leaves behind). He lives in a huge tree above our house and when it rains he sits on the front door step under an awning or goes under the house.

Percy has been like a confirmation for me that Tallara Park really is a sanctuary as he is the first animal to voluntarily call it home. I suppose the wildlife (possums, wallabies, birds, snakes etc) call it home but then it was their place long before we came here.

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