Stansted peacocks: Chicks hatch in mouth of toy museum T-Rex at Mountfitchet Castle
Three peacock chicks have hatched at Stansted's Mountfitchet Castle – in the mouth of a giant model T-Rex!
Jeremy Goldsmith, who owns the Lower Street attraction, thought peahen mum Daisy had gone missing, only to discover her hanging around the replica dinosaur in the grounds of the House on the Hill Toy Musuem.
"I thought maybe the fox had got her as she'd disappeared, and then randomly she appeared one morning underneath the T-Rex head and she'd made her nest inside," said Jeremy. "I could hear this tweeting and looked inside the mouth to see the little babies."
Jeremy hopes there will be a white male among the three chicks "as they are amazing with their white tails". They are joined by another youngster hatched by one of the castle's broody turkeys.
The peacocks, including dad Percy, have become a familiar sight – and less welcome sound – in Stansted. News of the chicks' arrival caused a flurry of social media activity.
One commentator said: "Brilliant! So much part of the village – like the ravens at the Tower."