• Oct 5th 2007 at 1:02PM
  • 22
You'd never guess that a bird could confuse something as big as a car for one of its sexual partners, but that's exactly what happened recently in England. A male peacock that lives in the grounds of an aristocrat's manor caused thousands of dollars of damage to a guest's Lexus when it attempted to procreate with it.

The car was left covered in scratches and will now require a full respray, with insurers, Lloyd's of London, left to foot the bill of £4,000 or $8,137.60 USD. The owner of the property, Benjamin Slade, revealed that insurers weren't happy with the situation, explaining "they've had claims for all sorts of things like lions biting people, but never have they heard of a peacock sexually attacking a car before."

The odd thing is that the car's paint color, coincidentally named Peacock Blue, matches the plumage of a male peacock (female peahens are brown), which has led some to speculate the culprit might in fact be gay. Though Gaywheels.com lists Lexus as being a gay friendly company, we can't comment on whether or not that extends to our gay avian friends.

[Source: IOL SA, WhatCar?]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      How on earth would they know that the reason the Peacock attacked the car was for sexual reasons. I call BS on this story.
        • 8 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly when I read the story. But I guess a story about an angry peacock defending his territory is far less interesting.

        In related news, the AFA is now boycotting NBC, the peacock network.
      • 8 Years Ago
      well, my ignorant self has learned something today. and that is that peacock sex is now a tag on autoblog. just never saw that one coming guys. really.
        • 8 Years Ago
        oh no, i completely understand... sort of.

        any particular reason why alex "made" you add it? hmm? or don't we delve into personal lives here on autoblog? ;)
        • 8 Years Ago
        Alex made me add it :) Have to cover all the bases.
        • 8 Years Ago
        If Autoblog can get to #1 for "peacock sex" on Google: funniest thing in...days, at least. Plus, it's relevant to the story, of course...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Egads. This reminds me of the car/dragon porn article on Jalopnik.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish a gay peacock would molest my car.
      I really want a new paintjob.
        • 8 Years Ago
        • 8 Years Ago
        Then move to Coconut Grove, Florida, we have flocks of them roaming the streets in some areas!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sooo could this be viewed as Autoerotic?
      sorry I just had to add that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I imagine Lexus could somehow use this in an ad campaign

      "The new IS : a car so beautiful, it's likely to elicit sexual urges from others (with wings)"

      • 8 Years Ago
      Twisted!! WOW!
      I'd hate to see an activist group for gay animals get on this.

      Oh wait, I forgot that South Park Episode about Big Gay Al providing a sanctuary to gay animals. Maybe that peacock can go there..wait..South Park is not real life.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd like to coin a new word, and add it to the tags list: gavian. "Gay" + "avian" = "gavian".

      gavian adj. A member of the bird family with a homosexual orientation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And now we all know where those little Scions come from.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      consider that seconded!
      • 8 Years Ago
      As per machwon comments - I agree that this was a case of a male fighting for his territory or perceived threats to his mating status.
      The gay slant is absolutely ridiculous, but says more about our times.
      The insurance company should pay up no matter the reason - there was damage to the car.
    • Load More Comments
    Share This Photo X