WATCH VIDEO: Pharaoh the Peacock Returns to Northwood, NH Farm
Pharaoh the Peacock has returned to The Fairy Farm.
After being spotted numerous times along Route 4 in Northwood and on Garland Road in nearby Nottingham, he returned to the farm Saturday morning, according to Michael Magoon, who's been helping owner Theresa LaBrecque find Pharaoh.
"It's a miracle! He came home on his own. I don't know what did it. He's home and we're trying to find him a peahen (female peacock) so he stays home," Magoon told Seacoast Current.
Pharaoh took off earlier this month and his antics have been amusing people in the greater Northwood area.
Magoon estimates that Pharaoh got about 12 miles from the farm. When people would send pictures of where they spotted him, he would put pins on a map.
"I know I put 300 miles on my antique car looking for him. He goes direct. He goes through the woods. I'm driving on the roads. I would like to know how far he cumulatively traveled," Magoon said.
Pharaoh's health was good upon his return and he gobbled up some spinach, his favorite food.
"He's looking great. We thought he'd have some wounds but none at all. He's a hearty bird. They're hard to catch and wile. He doesn't look hurt at all. He's actually very healthy," Magoon said.
LaBrecque thinks Pharaoh took off earlier this month to try and find a mate because he is 12 to 13 years old and has never done anything like this during the time she has owned him.
"Right now our initiative is to try to find him a peahen. We called six different farms and nobody had any. We found one online for $1,367 but what if he rejects it or she rejects him? That's a lot of money to spend on a peahen," Magoon said.
Magoon and LaBrecque also have to get Pharaoh into The Fairy Farm's peacock house.
"What we need is about a dozen people to surround him with a net. You throw the net on him and they capture him humanely. We have zip ties for his legs. We put a towel around him so he's comforted and then we bring him right up to the peacock house and put him in it," Magoon said.
Magoon started a Facebook page to help with the search which he said got 600 followers in just one day.