A Vernon truck driver had an unusual guest this week.
Kevin MacGillivray was working near Knouff Lake, north of Kamloops, on Tuesday when a peacock took a liking to his and other logging trucks on the site.
MacGillivray posted photos of the hitchhiker after it landed on one of the trucks and took an unexpected ride-along.
The peacock “rode nearly 10 kilometres down the hill on top of a loaded truck,” he wrote. “Hope it makes it home OK.”
MacGillivray said the big bird seemed to like the trucks and was climbing on top of a number of them.
“It would ride down the hill on top of the loaded trucks and walk back up.”
He said he sees lots of critters during his work in the bush, “but that was the first one that wanted to join the crew.”
Peafowl are relatively common in B.C. but are not often seen in the backcountry. They are part of the pheasant family.
Male peafowl, known as peacocks (the females are peahens), are known for their piercing calls and their extravagant plumage.
The visitor didn’t put on a plumage show for the truckers, but MacGillivray said it added some fun to the day.