A peacock in a fast-food restaurant parking lot was attacked by a man who said the bird was a vampire.
The bird was put down, said Richard Gentles from New York City's Center for Animal Care and Control.
The peacock, a male several years old, sat on a car in a Burger King parking lot on the morning of May 28. Workers had been feeding him bread when the man showed up.
He took the bird by the neck, threw it to the ground and started kicking and stomping on the peacock, said worker Felicia Finnegan, 19.
"He was going crazy," she said.
Asked what he was doing, she said, the attacker explained, "I'm killing a vampire."
Workers called the police, but the man ran away.
Authorities were looking for the attacker, a young man.
It was not clear how the bird got to Burger King, but a person who lives near the restaurant was given one.
1. vampire n.
吸血鬼 (xi1 xie2 gui3)
例: People once believed in vampires that could turn into bats.
2. put down v. phr.
施以安樂死 (shi1 yi3 an1 le4 si3)
例: The poor old dog was so sick that we had to put him down.
3. stomp v.i. /v.t.
重踩 (zhong4 cai3)
例: The angry child stomped down the hall, huffing and puffing with every step.