A wild animal, glass bottles and a giant net create a cocktail for disaster.
A female peacock - technically called a “peahen” - smashed up an Arcadia, California liquor store on Monday.
According to the Associated Press, the peahen strolled through the open door of Royal Oaks Liquor Store and was unnoticed by the store’s manager, Rani Ghanem, until a customer asked him about “el pollo,” or “the chicken” in Spanish.
Ghanem then tried to guide the bird out of the store, but his advances ruffled her feathers.
Spooked, the peahen flew directly at Ghanem and then to the top shelf of the store.
“This was really out of my comfort zone,” Ghanem told CBS Los Angeles. “I was kind of scared, I didn’t know what to do.”
So, the 21-year-old manager decided to call 911 and an animal control officer wearing protectives gloves and carrying a comically large fishing net arrived on the scene.
And that’s when the rager began.
“He was trying to get it with the fishing net, and [the bird] jumped on the first wine bottle. When that happened, I was like, ‘Aw, this is about to be a big mess,’” Ghanem told the AP. “He tried to get it again with the net ... It just went straight diving into all the bottles. The more he kept on trying to use the net, the more it kept on flapping its wings and knocking everything over.”
Realizing that the animal control officer was unintentionally acting as the peahen’s destruction wingman, Ghanem decided to intervene. He put on a sweatshirt to protect his arms from the bird’s claws and eventually apprehending the animal.
After about 90 minutes in the store, the bird caused about $500 worth of damage, per CBS.
Ghanem told the AP:
“Yeah, [she]’s got expensive taste.”