Dozens of escaped ostriches run amok in China
January 12, 2022 | 4 comments
Ostriches are not the gentlest of birds... Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Brooke Novak
The streets of Chongzuo City were filled with large flightless birds at the weekend after 80 ostriches escaped from a local farm.
Being the largest birds on planet Earth, ostriches - which can grow up to 2.8 meters tall - can be quite daunting to encounter, especially given their penchant for pecking people with their beaks.
Imagine, then, walking down the street in Chongzuo City in China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region at the weekend only to find yourself face to face with a whole herd of them.
This was the scenario that played out on Saturday when 80 of the enormous birds escaped from a local farm after someone left a gate unlocked.
Footage of the birds sprinting through the streets quickly ended up on social media.
It's uncertain exactly who was responsible or if they will face prosecution, however local police were eventually able to round up the birds and escort them back to the farm.
Fortunately there were no reports of injuries as a result of the debacle.
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