The Wagga Botanic Gardens Zoo has been inundated with calls from animal lovers keen to add a special feathered friend to their families.
Earlier this week, the zoo announced it was looking for new loving homes for four stunning peacocks.
After The Daily Advertiser published a story about them, zoo manager Jon Nicoll said he had upwards of 80 calls from excited residents.
“It’s been unbelievable – the amount of correspondence I’ve had in the last three or four days has been incredible,” Mr Nicoll said.
“Who would’ve thought there was such a demand for peacocks? I’m staggered by it!”
All of the peacocks are males aged between one and two years old.
The zoo is hoping to settle on new homes for the peacocks over the next few weeks.
For those whose applications are unsuccessful, Mr Nicoll said there would be plenty of opportunities to add add an exotic creature to the family.
“If you are unsuccessful, keep an eye out because every now and then we do have animals that do come up for adoption,” he said.
While they are not the perfect pet for everyone, Mr Nicoll said peacocks had a unique charm.
“They’re quite personable, they’ll come up to you, and they’re quite friendly,” Mr Nicoll said.
“But they’re an acquired pet, too – they can be quite noisy, so if you want a quiet pet they’re probably not a good option.”
The perfect home for a peacock is one with lots of space so they can get plenty of exercise, meaning families living on large properties would make the perfect candidates.