Utah zoo sued over peacock attacks on children

by: Kiah ArmstrongNexstar Multimedia Cable

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SALT LAKE CITY (KTVX) — A complaint has been filed by a family claiming that a peacock on the loose attacked a toddler last April at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The lawsuit, filed March 7, alleges the peacock also attacked three other children over a two-day period.

The family of a 2-year-old has filed a lawsuit over the incident which they say happened on April 30, 2021.

The mother says she took the child out of her stroller to walk with her siblings when the peacock flew past her and scratched the toddler’s face. The child fell to the ground, the lawsuit says.

The family says zoo staff told them the peacock attacked another child later that day, and two more the day before. One of the four children required medical attention.

The family says that because the zoo did not “contain or sequester the dangerous bird”, it is responsible for the reported attacks.

Due to complaints, peacocks are no longer free in Hogle Zoo.


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