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Peacock flies the coop, returns -- and tweets!

Aug. 3, 2011 at 7:05 AM ET

This peacock went rogue on Tuesday, Aug. 2, taking its perch on a window sill in Manhattan. The Central Park Zoo said in a statement to local media this morning that it would retrieve the male bird if it did not fly home on its own and that the peacock is not a threat to anyone. The peacock is the third animal is a few months to have escaped from the zoo. A peahen and a cobra were returned without incident. 

At 6:45 a.m. the peacock took flight and is now, apparently, tweeting from somewhere in Central Park (digitally, not just in the birdly sense). The peacock has more than 1,700 followers on its @CentralPeacock Twitter feed. Check out the video below to see the peacock take flight and hear the TODAY anchors' get punny about their new feathered friend.

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A peacock on the loose after it escaped from the Central Park Zoo stands on a window ledge above fifth avenue Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 in New York. The zoo says the peacock poses no danger to anyone. Zookeepers are asking anyone who spots the peacock "not to follow or harass the bird." (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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