Animal control officers in MI struggle to capture the elusive peacock

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wildlife officials are struggling to capture an elusive peacock that has been on the loose for at least two days.

A student discovered the peacock on Monday while driving to Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw County, MLive.com reported. Rachel Horton, director of the Saginaw County Animal Care and Control Center, said the student decided to take the peacock to school and try to find the owner, but the peacock got away, MLive.com reported.

Animal control officers nearly captured him Tuesday morning, but he escaped again, leaving the officers in scratches and “a tree climbing experience that we may have to train for in the future,” Horton said.

The center is now seeking donations to purchase a $150 animal safety net.

Citizens also tried to capture the bird, but to no avail, Horton said.

The identity of the peacock’s owner remains a mystery, she said.