DUBLIN -- Does anyone have a home for a well-mannered peacock?
"Mr. Feathers" showed up in Sue Takasugi's Schaefer Ranch neighborhood in the west Dublin hills a couple of months ago.
Ever since Takasugi caved in and started feeding Mr. Feathers, the handsome bird has taken to hanging out in her covered side patio and staring in through the sliding glass door.
"After two months of resisting, I did the worst thing a person can do -- I gave him some cat food, so I guess now he's mine -- he won't leave," said Takasugi.
She took pity on Mr. Feathers because she thought he was hungry.
"He was digging up my flower beds and trying to eat the flowers," says Takasugi. "I think he was rooting for bugs in the soil."
As much as Takasugi likes the colorful big bird, she says she can't keep him and is trying to find Mr. Feathers a new home.
"I'm concerned for Mr. Feathers' safety in this urban housing setting," she said. "There are lots of coyotes and hawks in the hills."
Takasugi thinks someone might have abandoned Mr. Feathers. She contacted local homeowners through a neighborhood blog, but hasn't heard about anyone who has lost a peacock.
"I don't think he is wild because he's so sweet and docile," said Takasugi, whose cats like to eye the newcomer through the glass door. "He seems so tame and comfortable around people. If I go outside he follows me around like a puppy dog."
Takasugi, who moved to the Tri-Valley from San Jose three years ago, has done her research and learned that a lot of peacocks make a very loud, annoying noise.
"This one doesn't do that," she says. "He's quiet all day." She has contacted various animal rescue organizations, but none deal with peacocks. She doesn't want to turn Mr. Feathers over to Animal Control, for fear they may euthanize him.
"I think Mr. Feathers belongs on a farm or somewhere more rural where he has plenty of space," said Takasugi. "The problem is, I don't know how to contact local farmers."
She said Mr. Feathers -- who is a member of the pheasant family and sleeps on the neighbor's wooden trellis at night -- might also fit in at a children's petting zoo, as he is so tame.
"I'd just love to find a home for this lovely peacock," she said.
Stephanie Erickson, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, said peacocks are considered a domestic animal, like a dog or cat.
"People adopt them because they are such beautiful birds, but the problem is, they are very noisy," she said.
"As a result, a lot of them are dumped or abandoned by their owners."
She said if a peacock has been previously owned and habituated to humans, they can make fine pets.
"They are also interested in snakes, so they're good for snake control," said Erickson, who added that peacocks do well at zoos or on a large lot of land.
"There have been a lot of successful outcomes at finding homes for peacocks, so I'm optimistic he'll find a good home," said Erickson.
Interested in adopting Mr. Feathers? Contact Sue Takasugi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-999-8751.