Another tragedy has befallen Martha Stewart’s beloved pets. Months after her cat, Princess Peony, was killed by four of her dogs, the lifestyle mogul took to Instagram to announce that she had lost six peafowl to animal-on-animal violence.
“RIP beautiful Blue Boy,” Stewart wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of BlueBoy strutting his stuff to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” (A music choice Stewart noted “would have been perfectly appropriate” if Blue Boy was still alive.) According to her Instagram caption, a group of “six large and aggressive coyotes” was responsible for this peacock massacre that occurred “in broad daylight.” Blue Boy was just one of the six peafowls “devoured” by the coyotes (a peacock named White Boy was also lost in the struggle). Stewart added that she would be taking precautionary measures to protect her remaining peacocks, including adding wire fencing to their enclosure. One assumes she’s also taking steps to protect her chickens, turkeys, donkeys, sheep, and other barn animals.
Losing six peacocks in one day might sound like a lot, but Blue Boy, White Boy, and their four fellow victims only represent one-fourth of Stewart’s peacock brood. In May, she set the record straight after the New York Post claimed she had 16 peacocks. “I actually have 21 of these glorious birds whose house is impeccable,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that they were “loud” and “so friendly.” Assuming she still had 21 peacocks on the day of the murders, that means she still has 15 peacocks in her possession. None of them can replace Blue Boy, but at least she’s not completely peacock-less. Here’s hoping the coyotes don’t return for another meal.