Girl attacked by a peacock at Tavistock Avenue

Animals can be aggressive, so always be careful

Mommy Rhey | Jan. 3, 2022 | 391 reads
Girl attacked by a peacock at Tavistock Avenue
Credit: Kris Chan / Facebook

On Sunday, November 28, a girl with her father and brother were on their way home from Haus Park in Serangoon Garden. The girl stopped walking and looked to the peacock a Tavistock Avenue, which they usually do, but unfortunately, it aggressively walked towards her and attacked.

Her father, who was with her, rushed towards his daughter, tried to carry and cover her. At the same time, the peacock continued to attack his right arm.

After hearing the commotion, a man inside the house came out and pulled the birds back through the tail.

Her daughter, who was three years old, gained injury in the face located under the eyes.

According to the girl's father, Mr. Joo Han, "I was shocked because we often see peacocks walking around in the zoo or Sentosa, so I had no idea it could be this aggressive."

After the incident, her parents rushed her to the hospital, and they put her on general anesthesia to stitch her face, the stitch was 3 meters long.

Madam Kris Han shared the details about the daughter's ordeal with the peacock at the Tavistock on Facebook and cleared her husband's name, as he was blamed and received unfair comments. Then she found out that her daughter's incident with the peacock's attack was not the first.

Based on Ms. Jessica Kwok, Group director of Community Animal Management at the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) at NParks, the pets, including the peacock, must be kept in a bird-proof cage house or enclosure that consist of a fine wire mesh netting capable of preventing contact with any bird, poultry, or animal outside.

They also visited the peacock owners in their house and saw the peacock was inside a cage.

Their neighboring owners told that the peacock usually goes out in the gate but does not harm them, except for the two, which were the girl and a woman.

Though the girl is recovering well, the trauma remains.

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