Peacocks in Split: Dozens of Beautiful Birds Walk and Fly Around The City

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Jutarnji List reports, while some enjoy their colors and others interfere with sleep, city services are just figuring out how to move them away from important roads, where they become a danger. 

“People say they are bothered by their cries in the early morning. They scream at dawn, and people can’t sleep because of them,” Maja told Nova TV.

Peacocks have been in the Gripe Fortress area for decades.

“They come here from different neighborhoods; it’s interesting for them. They bother us the most in the spring when they are more vocal. They got used to the city and cars. There are really a lot of them, too many,” said Jere from Split.

They have also been seen on the fifth floor of a building and can often be found on busy roads.

“Something beautiful has created a problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible. The problem is when a female with young ones passes across the street. There have been none so far, but who says there won’t be a car accident. They will ask who is to blame in the whole story,” said Nediljko Ževrnja, director of the Natural History Museum in Split.

Split citizens say that they already know how to react in such situations, drive slowly and stop and let the peacocks pass. The City of Split says that their hands are also tied because, according to the currently valid regulations, it is impossible to move these animals from the city center. They are working on resolving the situation together with the competent ministry.

“I think that a solution should be found here, that the birds, in accordance with the Animal Protection Act, to move them somewhere from this area,” adds Ževrnja.

One of the ideas is to move them to the Marjan forest park. “I have nothing against them being on Marjan, just not further from Split because they are still ours,” believes Meri from Split.

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