A domesticated bird native to Africa has been running wild in Weymouth, but Thursday Animal Control captured the guineafowl.
Some neighbors say the bird became a fond friend, even naming it Gilda. Others said it was a pest.
“It’s been about a month or so since we started getting calls on it. It’s been out in the roadway and up on people’s porches. People have reported that they’ve been chased by it,” Weymouth Animal Control officer Mike Parker said.
Gilda ate pests like ticks and ants. Two girls living in the neighborhood even got close enough to pet her.
“It got to the point where she was real friendly. She let the girls almost touch her. She came right up to them. I don’t want to tell them that she’s gone,” John Payton, the girls’ father, said.
Animal control says after they cornered the bird, they were able to capture it. The animal was brought to a farm south of Weymouth and released.