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Percy the peacock and friends observe social distancing on wander through Stansted Mountfitchet



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It seems the message about social distancing has even reached the animal world.

Stansted resident Lisa Drinkwater captured this delightful sight of the pride of peacocks from Mountfitchet Castle maintaining a safe distance as they wandered up Grove Hill.

She told the Stortford Indie: “On Easter Sunday, on the way back from a walk, I was greeted by this perfect example of social distancing from Percy the peacock and his friends at Grove Hill traffic lights and then on the pavement going up the hill.

Percy peacock and his family observe social distancing rules! (33756033)
Percy peacock and his family observe social distancing rules! (33756033)

“I quickly took some photos and put them on the Stansted Matters Facebook group and it has amassed, to date, 378 ‘likes’ and comments on how appropriate the photos were in our current lockdown situation.

“Percy is a very popular feathered sight in our village and I’m sure he would be very proud to see his picture in the press!”

One person commented: “If they can do it, why can’t people?”

Percy peacock and his family observe social distancing rules! (33756035)
Percy peacock and his family observe social distancing rules! (33756035)

There are currently four peacocks and four peahens in residence at the castle. They can often be spotted wandering around the village and their distinctive calls are a familiar sound.

Jeremy Goldsmith, who runs Mountfitchet Castle, said the birds had been calling and adding their support during the weekly Clap For Our Carers on Thursday evenings.

"They've certainly being staying at the castle a lot more as there’s not the food lying around from takeaways for them to hoover up," he added.



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