Suburbia can be pitiless and today we have to report the sad news of the violent death in Narrabundah of the most famous of our city's suburban peahens. The all-white bird was last mentioned in this peacock-appreciative column (with this photograph) in March.
Meanwhile, in happier news, as Canberra loses one famous fowl it gains another in the form of a painted portrait of Robert, a kind of Phar Lap of poultry, just acquired by the National Museum of Australia. More of the immortalised Robert in a moment.
But for now, back to the deceased peahen. ''This morning peering out the window,'' our distressed Narrabundah correspondent reports, ''we discovered to our horror that the famous white Narrabundah peacock - attracting special attention in the neighbourhood because of its rarity - was lying [mangled] on our lawn.''
Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/murder-most-fowl-in-a-leafy-inner-suburb-20131216-2zh84.html#ixzz2neAhgHQ3