I've already posted this twice but I just need to post it again, just in case. We have lost our five year old peacock, Phoenix. We have had him since a baby. He's always been the more spoiled of our two cocks, especially lately. He spends most of his time hanging around the house, and when I am outside he follows me everywhere, rides on my car, rides on the gator, helps me garden, begs for treats, lies with me in the sun. He has been like my dog, and has been a big comfort to me since we had to put our real dog down last month. He is the Beta of our two cocks, but they are friends this time of year. And lately he's been making friends with the younger of our two hens Yesterday he was outside with me all afternoon, and then I had to leave. While I was gone we had a nasty storm, my family said the lightning struck close twice and the thunder was so loud the ground shook. Phoenix would probably have been near the house alone, when the storm hit. The rest of the flock was heading for the barn before it came. After the storm passed, it cleared up again, and the sun came out. I came home at dusk, and Phoenix was gone. The assumption is that he may have gotten scared by the lightning and thunder, and flown off. But he knows where he lives, it's hard to believe he can't find his way home, as he should be able to hear the flock, especially the roosters, for a mile or so.. We are frantically worried about him and I am more than depressed. And his brother Sapphire is acting sad...sulking in the barn, or standing and staring out over the fields. It makes me sad to see him, and I am worried that he will fret over his friend & brother being gone. He has the peahens but they don't spend much time with him/ If anyone is in Ohio near northwestern Licking County, please keep your eyes and ears tuned for him, please, and spread the word. I can't believe he is gone. Would a coyote attempt to take on a full grown male peacock? I am seriously beginning to wonder about trigger happys running around in our neck of the woods, since our peahen Princess also disappeared without a trace, last year. But we didn't hear any gunfire yesterday. I have looked, and called, and there's just nothing. I've posted this pic before, but here he is again.