Peacock takes out $500 worth of wine after crashing off-licence
A female peacock has ruffled more than just feathers at a Los Angeles liquor store.
Without a peep, the peahen strutted into the open door of the Royal Oaks Liquor Store in Arcadia.
Rani Ghanem, a 21-year-old San Bernardino resident whose family owns the store, said he tried to guide the sharp-clawed bird outside but that she spooked, at one point flying directly toward him and then up on to a top shelf of the store, and that then spooked Mr Ghanem.
An animal-control officer responded after Mr Ghanem called 911, approaching the peahen with gloves and a fishing net. Tha is when the hilarity ensued, Mr Ghanem said.
"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', " Mr Ghanem said.
"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."
At one point, mobile phone video taken by Mr Ghanem shows the officer catching a wine bottle in the net as the bird crashes through a shelf and a dozen bottles shatter to the ground.
Unable to watch more destruction, Mr Ghanem puts on a sweatshirt to protect himself from the bird's claws and helps the officer ensnare it.
He said they took the bird outside and that it was unharmed.
In all, Mr Ghanem said the peahen was in the store for 90 minutes and broke 500 dollars' worth of the family store's best bottles, including champagne.
"Yeah, he's got expensive taste," Mr Ghanem joked. "I'm like, 'You break, you buy, dude'. But clearly he did not. He got away with it."