Animals: Cock of the Walk

Terrified by the appearance of what she thought was a buzzard at her window, an apartment dweller in Manhattan's West 58th Street one morning last week called police.

When they arrived the bird had flown to the roof of a nearby undertaking establishment where he spread an iridescent tail, fan-fashion, to show his pursuers he was a peacock not a vulture. He remained there until a policeman reached the roof, then took wing, flapped his way to the Hotel Wyndham, paused until his pursuers were in roping distance, flew away once more.

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