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Peacock returns home to New York's Central Park Zoo

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Media captionThe exotic escapee shows a taste for the high life in chic Fifth Avenue

A peacock that escaped from the New York Central Park Zoo has flown home unharmed after a quick stay in one of the city's poshest neighbourhoods.

The male bird escaped on Tuesday and roosted on a window ledge of a building in the Fifth Avenue area overnight.

Zoo staff monitored the colourful bird throughout the evening before it returned home early on Wednesday.

In May a peahen, a peacock's female counterpart, fled the Bronx Zoo. A cobra escaped at the same zoo in March.

Scores of people gathered to watch the peacock on Tuesday perching on the building in Manhattan's Upper East Side, just across the road from the zoo.

"A thorough understanding of the peacock's natural behaviour allowed for the successful planning of its recovery," zoo director Jeff Sailer said in a statement.

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