In Taiwan, normally we would think that peacocks only exist in zoos, but that's not entirely true. In Kinmen, an accident many years ago has resulted in a large peacock presence on the island today. Let's take a look.
Some of us may still remember how Teresa Teng called on the people on the other side of the Taiwan Strait in Kinmen. But few of us would ever associate Kinmen with an island full of peacocks.
==A Kinmen bus driver==
Some peacocks here move in flocks. I've even seen peacocks flying in front of the cars.
The existence of peacocks in Kinmen all came down to a typhoon 17 years ago.
==Hsu Chih-chung, Director-general of Economic Affairs Department of Kinmen County==
Back then we were raising 14 peacocks at the livestock research institute, but in 1999, a typhoon came and destroyed the entire enclosure. Since then, those 14 peacocks have been out in the wild.
In the past decade or so, these birds have adapted well. The peacock population today in Kinmen is estimated at 1400.
==Chen Ying-lan, Member of the Peacock Elimination Team==
If there is enough food and no threat around, the peacock population can continue to grow.
However, these peacocks have damaged crops, made loud noises, and even affected flight safety.
==Chung Li-wei, Section Chief of Economic Affairs Department of Kinmen County==
These birds roam the Kinmen island today only because of our negligence. We can't wait until a plane crash to start to pay attention.
Indeed, as a result of human negligence, these birds have become an unwelcome presence in Kinmen. Today, dealing with all problems that these peacocks cause is becoming a more and more daunting task.
TRANSLATED BY：JEFF CHANG
記者 葉明蘭 葉鎮中 金門報導