Fugitive Bronx Zoo Peahen Surrenders Without Incident

The Bronx Zoo’s latest escapee is back in captivity after a day and a night on the lam.

The peahen that escaped earlier in the week was found in a garage on Wednesday. A statement from the zoo’s director, James J. Breheny, did not say where the garage was or how far the fugitive had wandered, but the statement said that she had been “safely corralled” and was “resting comfortably” in the zoo’s Wildlife Health Center after an examination by zoo veterinarians.

“Preliminary indications are that she is in good condition,” Mr. Breheny said in the statement.

The peahen apparently covered more ground than an Egyptian cobra that vanished in March. After seven days on the loose, the snake was found close to home, in a nonpublic area of the zoo’s Reptile House.

In the statement, Mr. Breheny said that the zoo was not rethinking its policy of letting peahens and peacocks have the run of the place.

“We will keep our tradition of free-roaming peafowl at the Bronx Zoo,” he said in the statement. “We are confident that after this peahen’s recent adventure, she won’t want to wander from her home at the zoo.”

The zoo’s neighbors were not so sure. Laverne Bowen, 44, a postal worker delivering mail around East 180th Street and Morris Park Avenue — near where the fugitive peahen was spotted on Tuesday — said she was being unusually watchful as she made her rounds.

“I could have a peahen to my left, a cobra to my right,” she said. As a letter carrier, she said, “We know that at any point we could run into any type of animal.”

She added, “It’s kind of cuckoo.”

She apparently meant “cuckoo” as a synonym for crazy. If she was referring to the medium-size migratory bird that goes by that name, she did not say so.

“I love the Bronx Zoo,” she said, “but they need to take more control. What’s it going to be next, a bear?”

Sandra Thomas, 38, who lives near the zoo, had one question.

“Is there a reward?” she asked.

She then gave her theory about escapes.

“Wednesday is a free day,” she said. “People go into the zoo for free, animals come out for free. What day did the cobra escape? Wednesday.”

She said. “I’d leave, too.”

Nate Schweber contributed reporting.

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