A Peacock Walked Into A Liquor Store And Wrecked $500 Worth Of Alcohol

A curious peacock wandered into a California liquor store and gave the manager and an animal control officer a run for their money while destroying merchandise.

Brace yourself because you aren’t going to believe this.

A peacock (yes, the colorful bird) walked into a Southern California liquor store and wreaked all kinds of havoc.

On Monday, the female peahen casually and inconspicuously made her way into Royal Oaks Liquors in Arcadia and destroyed $500 worth of alcohol, Time magazine reports.

The store manager, Rani Ghanem, had no idea the wild bird was even there until a customer brought it to his attention by asking about “el pollo,” which means chicken in Spanish.

Ghanem, 21, tried to coax the peacock out of the store, but the animal got scared and flew toward him and then up onto a high shelf, which frightened the college student even more.

He then called 911, and an animal control officer was sent out to capture the bird.

"He was trying to get it with the fishing net, and [the bird] jumped on the first wine bottle. When that happened, I was like, 'Aw, this is about to be a big mess,'”said Ghanem. “He tried to get it again with the net ... It just went straight diving into all the bottles. The more he kept on trying to use the net, the more it kept on flapping its wings and knocking everything over.”

Eventually, Ghanem began assisting the officer in trying to catch the bird, and the pair was eventually able to get it outside unharmed. It spent 90 minutes inside the store.

According to Time, peacocks are common in the Arcadia area as the city’s founder imported them from India back in the early 1900s. They are a protected species, and causing harm to them could mean jail time or heavy fines. 

See it to believe it in the clip below. 

Maybe the saying "like a bull in a china shop," should be changed to "like a peacock in a liquor store."

Banner/thumbnail credit: Reuters 

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