Disaster averted – for now

Thanks to the quick thinking of one man, we have one less vampire to threaten the world now.

A peacock that roamed into a fast-food restaurant parking lot was attacked by man who vilified the bird as a vampire, animal-control authorities said.

Beaten so fiercely that most of his tail feathers fell out, the bird was euthanized, said Richard Gentles, a spokesman for the city’s Center for Animal Care and Control.

Please don’t think I actually condone beating animals. I hate to think how many crazy people are out and about, hidden in plain sight. And here, I don’t mean “suffering from minor or major mental disabilities” crazy, but rather “potentially and likely dangerous but not recognized as such” crazy. It’s not hard (for me) to think that someone who would beat a peacock because they believe it to be a vampire as falling into both categories. I’m all for helping treat those in the first category and trying to help them function in the world as it is. I’m pretty much not so much in favor of helping the second category group back into society at large without major improvements at recognizing whether or not they actually still fall into the second category.

[tags]He started it!, The peacock was a vampire, Protecting the world from vampiric fowl[/tags]