While most children’s grandparents have pet cats, dogs, or even a horse or two, my paternal grandparents had a pet peacock ~ “Prince”. Despite Grandpa’s best efforts at building a weasel/fox-proof cage in their sheep pasture, Prince was destined to consort with at least two “Princesses”! How delighted my sister and I were when Prince would strut around with his beautiful fan tale for Princess!
Here he is, in all his magnificence! (Note sheep in the back right...)
I have always considered peacocks the most magnificent of birds and feel blessed to have had such early and close access to such unique and beautiful pets. Nearly half a century later, my sisters and I delight in decorating our homes with a gift from Prince - his lovely feathers.
...and, of course, some lovely antiquarian books featuring peacocks and their feathers...