Chinese news outlet Yunan.cn reports that staff at the Yunnan Wild Animals Park were alerted to the impromptu photo shoot, though by then the damage had been done.
"There are obvious signs in the zoo to ban people from catching peacocks," one zoo employee told Yunan.cn. "But there were too many tourists gathering at the time which made it too busy for us to ease the flow. When our working staff noticed the misbehavior, it's been late."
Although it's been reported elsewhere that two peacocks were killed, China Central Television reported that was not the case.