Southern Arizona winery mourns death of Trevor the Peacock

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For more than four years, people who stopped by the Village of Elgin Winery saw a familiar feathery green-blue plume. It was Trevor the Peacock. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) For more than four years, people who stopped by the Village of Elgin Winery saw a familiar feathery green-blue plume. It was Trevor the Peacock. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Trevor had a following, both in person and on Facebook. But last week the Indian Blue Peacock disappeared. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Trevor had a following, both in person and on Facebook. But last week the Indian Blue Peacock disappeared. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
ELGIN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

For more than four years, people who stopped by the Village of Elgin Winery saw a familiar feathery green-blue plume.

It was Trevor the Peacock.

“Literally people would come from all over, just to come see him,” said owner Gary Ellam.

Trevor had a following, both in person and on Facebook. But last week the Indian Blue Peacock disappeared.

Ellam says a witness later informed him what happened: the free-roaming bird was hit and killed by someone in a white truck on a bridge near the winery around 5:15 a.m. on  Aug. 22. The driver stopped, the witness told Ellam, and apparently scooped up the bird along with its prized feathers.

“It was horrible that somebody took his feathers, took him,” said Ellam. “The worst thing is that nobody bothered to say anything.”

Two days after the crash, Trevor’s Facebook alerted followers.

“This will be the last post on here. Apparently I was killed and the jackwagon who did it couldn't even tell the people who have loved me for over 3 years that my dead body was on the side of the road. Peace and love to all of my friends and I will be in the clouds watching over all of you xoxo,” the post reads.

Back in May 2013, Ellam got into a serious head-on collision of his own.

“The day I got out of the hospital, Trevor showed up on the roof of my motor coach, and he's been here ever since,” he said.

Trevor is named for the character Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3, a movie that was released just days before the crash.

Over the years, the peacock took over. Ellam decorated the winery tasting room to match his colors. The company also distills liquor, and the peacock’s likeness adorns the labels of their gin and vodka.

On Saturday, the Village of Elgin Winery will celebrate the opening of a brewery, which Ellam says will make the company the first three-in-one winery-distillery-brewery in the state.

“This was supposed to be a weekend of celebration,” he said. “Now it’s a wake.”

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