BOSTON (CBS) — Working in the line of law enforcement, no two calls are quite the same.
“I can say that in my two years with the police department I’ve never had any interaction with any kind of escaped peacocks or anything like that,” said Boston Police Officer Patrick Sullivan.READ MORE: Capacity Restrictions To Be Eased For Restaurants, Venues And Weddings In Massachusetts
But Sullivan can now add a feather to his cap, after saving the day near Franklin Park Zoo. The unusual call came early Monday morning; a wild goose chase – or peacock chase, was already underway.
“I thought to myself I need to go see this. Myself and about a half dozen officers spent a very prolonged period just chasing this thing through the streets,” he said.READ MORE: TD Garden, Fenway Park Can Open At 12% Capacity For Fans Starting March 22
Then, with a quick search on his cell phone, Sullivan was able to take the peacock under his wing.
“Once he heard the mating call he just started following me. I was just walking through the streets holding my phone over my head and the peacock was following me where I go,” Sullivan said. “You did see a lot of smiles and laughs. It was kind of nice. It was a lighthearted moment which isn’t something you see every day.”
With the bird returned safely to the zoo, Sullivan was left feeling proud as a peacock. Still, he knows it was a tease.MORE NEWS: 65,640 Minutes! Painfully Long Waits On Vaccine Website As Thousands Of New Appointments Are Filled
“I feel guilty for deceiving him. I know the dating scene right now in Boston is a challenge with everything going on. This peacock, like a lot of Bostonians, is going through a tough time. He just wants to get out on the streets but we are trying to encourage people to avoid doing that.”