Meet Peep, one of Tucson's more unusual family pets - Tucson News Now

Meet Peep, one of Tucson's more unusual family pets

From Left: Summer Cox, Bright Cox & Peep From Left: Summer Cox, Bright Cox & Peep
Peep as a baby (Source: Summer Cox) Peep as a baby (Source: Summer Cox)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Summer Cox has several animals on her Picture Rocks ranch, but one in particular tends to stand out among the rest.

His name is Peep and he’s a two year old peacock who apparently likes to go on adventures with the family. Cox say he’s not like other birds, because he’s not startled by loud noises. 

“He likes to ride the quad, he’ll ride in the truck, he follows me everywhere,” said Cox.

She says she grew up around peacocks, but could never hold one until now.

“He’s special because he’s like my best friend. He’s like a dog,” said Cox.

They even eat meals together.

“We start our morning out with a fried egg. He loves fried eggs. They need a lot of protein, so they can’t just live on seed. “ 

There’s a reason why the two are so close. Cox and her daughter Bright rescued Peep from an abandoned nest on a farm in Florence. They found Peep peeping from an egg covered in ants. 

“I thought he wasn’t going to live, but then we peeled him out of the egg and he was fine,” said Bright.

“He was born with club feet. I fixed his feet with cardboard and electrical tape,” said Cox. “Well I guess because the first three months of his life, he was basically with me in my shirt. He went everywhere I did, ate with me, slept with me.”

Now Peep sleeps outside in his temperature controlled coop with his girlfriend. 

So far, she’s laid two eggs. Cox hopes Peep keeps a close eye on them.

Although he can’t talk back to her, Cox says she appreciates their friendship. 

“(He’s) Pure joy. On days, he just makes you laugh.” 

Copyright 2104 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Migrant Quilt Project prepares for nationwide tour

    Migrant Quilt Project prepares for nationwide tour

    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:53 PM EST2018-02-22 23:53:54 GMT
    Migrant quilt project (Source: Tucson News Now)Migrant quilt project (Source: Tucson News Now)
    Migrant quilt project (Source: Tucson News Now)Migrant quilt project (Source: Tucson News Now)

    "These people really made a courageous journey to come across the border for a better way of life," said Jody Ipsen, founder of the Migrant Quilt Project.

    "These people really made a courageous journey to come across the border for a better way of life," said Jody Ipsen, founder of the Migrant Quilt Project.

  • BREAKING

    Allonzo Trier declared ineligible again by NCAA

    Allonzo Trier declared ineligible again by NCAA

    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:32 PM EST2018-02-22 23:32:19 GMT
    Allonzo Trier. (Source: Tucson News Now)Allonzo Trier. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Allonzo Trier has been declared ineligible by the NCAA.

    Allonzo Trier has been declared ineligible by the NCAA.

  • BREAKING

    UPDATE: Two men found dead in home west of Tucson

    UPDATE: Two men found dead in home west of Tucson

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:52 PM EST2018-02-22 22:52:27 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating the scene at a home in the 2700 block of South Desert Rose Drive.  

    The Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating the scene at a home in the 2700 block of South Desert Rose Drive.  

Powered by Frankly