A TOUCHING tribute to Mt Eliza’s Percy the peacock, who was hit by a car and died late last year, has been made by a local couple who the injured bird hiding in grass off Kunyung Road.
The couple, Teresa and David Quinn, have mounted a beautiful and colourful peacock image on the front of their house to commemorate the importance of the bird’s presence to the community.
Neighbour Dawn Whittaker, whose home was often visited by Percy, said the plaque was a beautiful celebration of Percy’s life and a reminder of how much he was loved by those who knew him, and also by those who didn’t.
“Percy touched so many people, he was just a lovely, gentle bird who was part of the neighbourhood for so long…I still miss him and still wish I could see him walking down the street,” she said.
Expressions of sadness and anecdotes about Percy and his local travels flooded local Facebook pages as news spread to 16 December that he was found with injuries so severe he had to be euthanised by a vet.
It is believed he was hit by a car and sought sanctuary in long grass until found by residents concerned that he had not been seen for four days.