Heartbreak as beloved peacock killed after attack by off-lead dog in UK park

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A much-loved peacock has died after being chased by a dog in a park in Scotland.

Xander – a two-year-old Indian white – was fatally injured when it flew into a pavilion at Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline, while it was trying to escape the dog.

The dog’s owner is said to be “devastated” over the death of Xander, who had lived in the park for two years, reports the Daily Record.

Police are investigating the incident, which happened last Tuesday.

Joe Gilmartin, chairman of the Peacocks in Pittencrieff Park group, said: “I’m told that a lady was walking with her dog and had a young child with her.

“The dog apparently came off the lead and chased the bird. Xander flew in a panic into the building and we think he's probably broken his neck. It's really upsetting and it's heartbreaking for our volunteers.

“I'm told that the lady was devastated but when this happens most people are. They need to understand there are consequences to dogs being off-lead.

“People need to be more vigilant and I feel something needs to be done to stop this happening again.”

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Xander and his sister Katie arrived at the park in 2019 after the successful hatch of a peachick called Louis.

The pair were brought in to keep Louis company. All three of them were very close, but Xander and Louis were said to be “inseparable”.

Joe said: “Everywhere Xander went, Katie was – they were never away from each other's side. So we're a bit worried about Katie, and the volunteers are in distress.

“Males start breeding at three-years-old so we were looking forward to having his chicks next year. He was going to be a spectacular male.

“It's very clear that you should keep your dog on a lead.

“We even have new signs up and the press has done a great job at getting the message out. [But] it feels like we're back to day one.”

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