Escaped Peacock Lands on Musician/Producer Howie Beck's House: See the Photo

The Toronto resident has worked with such artists as Barenaked Ladies, Feist, Hayden, Walk Off The Earth, and Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett.

A peacock that escaped from the High Park Zoo in Toronto landed on the garage of musician/producer Howie Beck, who has worked with such artists as Barenaked Ladies, Feist, Hayden, Walk Off The Earth, and Broken Social Scene's Jason Collett. Like a lost episode of Seinfeld, he found strangers in his backyard with cameras and a net.

He had been alerted by his Golden Retriever-Collie, whose peacock-senses were tingling.

"I was minding my own business, listening to 'Siberian Khatru' by Yes, and my dog kept starring at me oddly," Beck tells Billboard. "I went outside and there was a woman standing in my backyard holding a giant net, like you see in cartoons, and there was a camera crew there."

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"Apparently, it had been in my neighbor's backyard just a few feet away, but then was currently sitting on my garage, and then just like that he was gone. They ran down the street to get him and I guess they didn't."

Beck was aware the peacock was loose, so his presence wasn't a total surprise.

"The first time I saw him, I'd just finished working on a mix and I was walking my dog and there was a crowd of people up my street, maybe 10 or 15 houses away," he recalls. "So I looked to see what was going on and I saw him on top of a garage, and then I continued walking my dog for half-an-hour and went back to my house."

Earlier in the day, the three-year-old peacock had been captured on video by Nick Moses flying from roof to roof. As of Saturday evening, he had still not been caught.

"He's beautiful. Huge. But I don't think he'll fare very well [out here]. I don't know that he's an urban peacock," says Beck.

Toronto Animal Services has said it does not want to drive it further away from its home and is hoping it makes its own way back -- after it has finished exploring the Parkdale neighborhood. It can survive on seeds and insects. Beck had just finished a project for Jason Plum, ex of the Waltons, and the joke online after he posted a photo and 10-second video of the peacock to Instagram and Facebook was that he wanted to record an album.

"If he comes back, we can negotiate something."

Beck's last solo album was 2009's How to Fall Down in Public, which garnered a 2010 Juno nomination for adult alternative album of the year. Maybe his next one will be The Producer & The Peacock.


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