NEW YORK (AP) -- A peacock that roamed into the parking lot of a Burger King in New York City was beaten by a man who insisted it was a vampire.
Animal control officials in Staten Island say the bird was beaten so fiercely that most of its tail feathers fell out and it had to be euthanized.
The seven-year-old male peacock wandered into the restaurant parking lot and perched on a car hood last week. Charmed employees had been feeding it bread when the man appeared.
A restaurant worker says the man grabbed the bird by the neck, hurled it to the ground and started stomping it. She says when he was asked what he was doing, he responded, "'I'm killing a vampire!"'
Employees called police, but the man ran when he saw them.
It's hard to tell exactly what is the most ludicrous part of this story. Perhaps, strangely enough, I don't find it very hard to believe that some nutjob was running around beating the living crap out of animals he thought were vampires. What really baffles me is that there was a peacock wandering around a burger king in fucking new york city. WTF? Maybe it was one of the walking dead because I can't see most exotic animals choosing to spend time up there. It's more surprising it survived long enough for some crackpot to try to kill it. You'd think that someone's pitbull would have torn it apart by then or it would have been carted off by animal control.