Scottish peacock savagely attacked by youths becomes father to four chicks

Louis, an Indian Blue Split White peacock who is the father of four peachicks born to Angel the albino peahen at Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline.
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A peacock at a Scottish animal attraction that was brutally attacked by youths has become a father to four chicks.

Louis the Indian Blue Split White peacock suffered major injuries at the hands of two boys, aged 11 and 13, two years ago at the Peacocks in Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline. The attack also saw the pair torture and kill another peacock, as well as cause significant damage to the grounds of the attraction.

Following significant media attention, a crowdfunding campaign was able to raise £16,000 to cover Louis' vet fees and repairs to the site. Now, just two years later, the fully recovered bird has become a dad after his mate Angel hatched four chicks on May 23.

Carlyn Cane, volunteer at Peacocks in Pittencrieff Park, said: "We didn't actually think that Louis would be able to have babies. Two years ago on Thursday, we were broken into by two little boys, aged 11 and 13.

"They killed our oldest bird — they beat him to death. They also severely injured Louis — they broke his leg, took his scales off to the bone in three places.

"They strangled him and cut his throat with a roof tile — it was awful. Louis has the Pied gene, and with Angel being an Indian Blue White, what they've actually produced are two Indian Blue Split Whites, one Indian Blue Black Shoulder, and one Indian Blue Pied.

"The Pied means that if it's a boy, he'll be blue and white."

Peacocks in Pittencrieff Park are celebrating the arrival of four peachicks born to Angel the albino peahen at Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline.
Louis' partner Angel hatched four beautiful chicks earlier this month -Credit:Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS

The team's oldest bird, Andrew, has also had one baby after mate Zoe hatched two chicks on May 14. One chick was unfortunately too weak to leave the egg on its own, and after trips to the vet and care from volunteers, sadly passed away.

The remaining five chicks will remain with their mothers until they are 12 weeks old, when the team will be able to determine the chicks' sexes.

Cane continued: "She had two chicks, but sadly, the other chick didn't make it. We had to assist getting it out of the egg, but unfortunately he was too weak.

"We took him to the vet and then took him home, but he sadly passed away. We had five babies this year and six babies last year.

"We will cap it at that, we're not having any more babies this year. Both lots of babies will stay with mum until they're around 12 weeks old, and then that's when we put mums back out into the park.

Volunteer at Peacocks in Pittencrieff Park, Carlyn Cane with Louis
Carlyn Cane is seen here with Louis after the attack -Credit:Peacocks in Pittencrieff Park / SWNS

"It gets to a point where the mums stop seeing the chicks as her babies, so it can all get a bit much. We'll put all five babies together and then put the mums out, and we'll take over their care.

"By that point, they'll know how to feed and how to fly and everything. We won't know whether they're boys or girls until they're 12 weeks old!"

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