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Peacocks on the loose in Jonesboro

A pair of peacocks walk along Memorial Avenue in Jonesboro Thursday afternoon.

A pair of peacocks walk along Memorial Avenue in Jonesboro Thursday afternoon.

— It’s not uncommon to see hawks, owls and sparrows in Jonesboro, but a peacock? Now that’s a shocker.

City Councilwoman Pat Sebo said it shocked her Thursday afternoon when she was driving home on Memorial Avenue and saw not one, but two peacocks walking along the side of the street. She quickly snapped a cell phone photo of the pair before they darted across a neighbor’s yard into a vacant lot.

The sight was a surprise for her because she said she doesn’t know anyone in the city who owns peacocks.

“It’s not everyday you see peacocks, and certainly not out walking up and down the streets of Jonesboro,” Sebo said.

Another neighbor, Mary Bruce, went looking for the birds to get her own picture after Sebo told her about them. Bruce walked around several surrounding streets but she couldn’t find them.

“When she said, ‘Did you see what’s out here?’ I thought she was going to tell me deer or something like that — but when she said peacocks, that never would have come out of my mouth,” Bruce said.

Sebo said she was worried they would wander out into a heavy traffic area and wreak havoc on drivers passing through the area. Tens of thousands of drivers travel every day on nearby Tara Boulevard.

“Hopefully, they didn’t get out on Tara Boulevard,” she said.