Hurricane Florence claims Oakdale Cemetery peacock

Blueberry the Peacock (Photo: Oakdale Cemetery)

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Add Blueberry the Peacock to the list of Hurricane Florence casualties.

Eric Kozen, the superintendent of Oakdale Cemetery, said Monday that the caretaker of neighboring Pine Forest Cemetery had found the peacock’s dead body.

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The male peacock — definitely a male, since it squawked elaborate mating calls — had been hanging around in Oakdale, Pine Forest and adjacent Bellevue Cemetery since at least 2016.

Kozen, who lives in Burgaw, nicknamed the bird “Blueberry” because of the blue feathers on his head, and also in honor of the N.C. Blueberry Festival in Burgaw.

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