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White peacock on the loose in village near Chester - Can you help find its owner?

The bird has been making Poulton its home for the past week

A white peacock has been spotted in Poulton near Chester

A rare white peacock is on the loose in a village near Chester, can you help track down its owner?

Julia Samarji, from Poulton, said the bird was found strutting around a neighbour’s garden a week ago.

She added since then it had stayed in and around a barn development in the village, which backs on to the Duke of Westminster’s estate.

But despite the Poulton community trying everything to reunite the peacock with its owner, they have not been tracked down.

Julia said: “We’ve phoned the RSPCA, who say they can’t do anything unless it’s injured.

A white peacock has been spotted in Poulton near Chester

“We’ve phoned a farmer in Dodleston who has peacocks but it’s not his and, we’ve called local vets to see if any have been reported missing.

“The Duke doesn’t have peacocks as far as we know.

“It seems fairly tame as its looking through the windows and comes running up to me as soon as we go outside.”

A spokesperson from Grosvenor Estate confirmed the peacock was not theirs.

The bright white plumage of the peacock means you would surely miss it if it were gone.

A white peacock has been spotted in Poulton near Chester

It is not clear from the photo if it is an albino peacock, or the more common leucistic peacock.

Leucism is also a genetic mutation, but results in the animal producing a reduced amount of pigment, meaning the bird still retains its blue eyes liked its blue-feathered cousin the Indian peacock.

An albino peacock would be unable to produce the melanin pigment at all and so would have red or pink eyes.

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