One person’s misery is another person’s joy. So it holds true for the peafowls in Tamil Nadu’s Chennimalai that have thrived over the years as the number of foxes have dwindled in the region.

Change in landscape and disappearance of bushes that provided a safe cover to foxes is one of the main reasons for the drop in number of the omnivorous mammals in the area, writes The Hindu’s R. Krishnamoorthy.


Peacock, the vehicle of Hindu god Kartikeya, is also India’s National Bird; Photo by M. Karthikeyan

“Till a decade ago, both fox and peafowl used to be hunted down by Narikurava community,” according to The Hindu.