peacockYou protect your toddler from the cold, from moving cars, and from choking hazards. But are you protecting your child from PEACOCKS? Poor little 22-month-old Kylie Holland was supposedly minding her own business, feeding the ducks at a city park in Ohio, when a peacock swooped in and attacked her.

According to Kylie's parents, the peacock landed right by the girl, buzzing the top of her head (which would be terrifying, considering they're about the same size minus that giant tail) and then pecked or bit her on the cheek. Kylie had to get seven stitches from the gash! Now her parents want something to be done with the peacock, who usually roams free around the park. Did I mention this bird has 554 Facebook fans

His name is Jake, and he is the pride of New Richmond, Ohio. Jake is a wild bird, so there's not really anyone in charge of managing him. But in the wake of this disturbing attack, the city has quarantined Jake to make sure he's not rabid.

I know peacocks can be aggressive. But this is kind of extreme! I think we've all seen peacocks wandering at will in other public spaces, especially at zoos. You hear their call, and you see them strutting around all over the place, hopping fences. I've never actually seen a peacock attack anyone, though. Usually, they're trying to get away from the kids. 

So I can't help wondering if it didn't exactly happen the way Kylie's parents are saying it did. A Facebook fan of Jake's claims she and several other witnesses saw Jake accidentally clip Kyle's face as it took off in flight. She also says the bird is usually very gentle and friendly with humans. I wonder if she and others are afraid someone is going to "disappear" the peacock just because of this unfortunate incident?

I'd be pretty freaked out if I saw a peacock deliberately attack my child. But even if this was just an accident (like the witnesses say it was), I think I'd maybe want to keep my little ones a safe distance away from the bird just in case. As gorgeous as a peacock is, it's still a wild animal.

Do you think it's dangerous to allow a peacock to roam freely where there are lots of small children around?

 

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