Chicago: A peacock that got loose from a West Dundee zoo was rescued from high up in a tree but later died following his exposure to the extreme cold.
The 15-pound, 5-year-old bird named Blue escaped from his enclosure at Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo during a feeding, officials said.
He was rescued about 90 minutes later from atop a large pine tree by a firefighter and a zoo worker in a 100-foot-long bucket ladder.
The zoo used warm water and a sweatshirt to restore Blue’s circulation. Mangiaracina says Blue likely died because of a buildup of fluid in his lungs from the cold.
Blue was one of the zoo’s 10 peacocks, who typically spend the winter in a barn, said Tom Mammoser, executive director of Dundee Township Park District, which runs Randall Oaks.