This ‘insanely noisy’ peacock is terrorizing an Oakland neighborhood: ‘He has screamed relentlessly every day’

Morgan Greenwald
·2 min read

As if being confined to your house for the foreseeable future isn’t bad enough, residents of one Oakland neighborhood also have to deal with an “insanely noisy” feral peacock who screams … a lot.

On Occidental St. in North Oakland, the peacock wreaks such havoc that neighbors have taken to the Nextdoor app to complain, according to SFGate.

“For the past 15 weeks or so he has screamed relentlessly, every day,” fed-up neighbor Jesse T wrote. “It’s so loud inside my house it literally feels like he is inside my house. It got so bad that two months ago, I had to move out of my street-facing bedroom and into my middle bedroom/storage room. I have been sleeping on the floor on a camping air mattress ever since … I STILL get woken up at 4, 5, 6am many mornings.”

However, not everyone is perturbed by the peacock’s presence. According to SFGate, many neighbors enjoy seeing the peacock around — especially during quarantine, when everything is rather tedious.

“[He] brings the children on the street such joy, and is much quieter than the fireworks, cars backfiring, and construction,” one commenter in a Santa Fe neighborhood Facebook group said, according to The E’ville Eye. “He sits on our roof sometimes and has never bothered us a bit. Let the city focus on more important issues.”

The naysayers are definitely much more vocal than the fans, though. The E’ville Eye notes that the city of Oakland received a nose complaint about the peacock, though no action was taken to remove the noisy animal.

Online, Peter — as many neighbors have taken to calling him — has become a sensation.

“This story is fantastic,” one person said.

“I get it feral peacock that screams relentlessly,” another user joked. “I know where you’re coming from.”

“Official mascot of 2020,” a third person added.

Peter isn’t the first animal to cause chaos in Oakland amid quarantine. In the Great Lake neighborhood, an aggressive turkey named Gerald has also taken up residence at the Morcom Rose Garden. (Gerald got so out of control that the city had to shut down the garden until he was captured and relocated.)

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