This peacock, name Percival (or¬†Percy to his flock of charges), was invited by farmer Mark S. Burgunder to keep snakes in check on his farm, but he found that the presence of Percy¬†lowered chicken predation, as well, according to an article on Mashable.
Guard peacocks are indeed a thing.
“They’ll let you know whether anyone’s on your property with a series of loud, distance-carrying calls,” according to mom.me.
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And now that we think about it, our past interactions with peacocks have been quite intimidating.