Mark Frauenfelder at 7:53 pm Wed, May 2, 2012
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Not your Grandpa’s Take Your Pet To Work Day.
I would be running like that too if i was in Saudi Arabia!!!
Exactly, he’s probably desperately trying to get to the nearest airport for a flight to Amsterdam.
Apparently, there were Arabian Ostriches until the middle of the 20th century.
well, of course it is.
Who else immediately thought of a Chocobo?
Nice of that one driver to gently bump him off the road. Too bad he took a tumble.
Sitting as a I am in the middle of North America, I’ve seen wild turkeys do the exact same thing. It’s not exactly that they’re stupid, it’s more of an, “Oh, my God! A car! Run! Run like hell!” response. The whole idea of “leave the road” doesn’t seem to occur to turkeys, and it appears it doesn’t occur to ostriches, either.
Having followed turkeys down country roads at 15-20 mph for amusement, it’s a wonderfully heartwarming, human thing to see Arabs do the same with ostriches, albeit at a slightly higher velocity.
The funny thing is turkeys at least have the option of flying a short distance into a nearby copse of trees. The ostriches, not so much. But both birds just choose to run. To the EXTREEM, little feathered dinosaurs. TO THE EXTREEM!
I live in Australia, had the same thing happen with a Kangaroo. Despite popular belief, it’s not a common occurrence, and everyone driving had the same response of the What the Hell!
For some reason, I kept hearing “Which way did they go, George ? Which way did they GO !?!” in my head.
If ever a video demanded Yakety Sax this is it.
You don’t realize, this was Harriet the turkey’s dream, nurtured with longing from when she was just a little bigger than a chick. The ROAD! That shining smooth expanse running off to knowhere. You can tell those big metal beasts love it too! Though they obviously don’t know the first thing about runnin’. No wings! By Allah one day I’m gonna do it. I’m so stoked. One day I’m gonna get on that road, and never get off it. I’ll run and a-run and I’ll find out just where that silver ribbon goes and I’ll be a-runnin! a-Runnin! A-Runnin’ I’ll by gosh and gahooley. Yessirreeee, one day I’ll run the ROAD. Watch out World, Here I Come!
What a beautiful bird! I had no idea that they had so much stamina; that thing only stopped running when it fell over. I’m glad the motorists barricaded it from the middle of the street.
This brings back fond memories of a visit to an ostrich farm in my teens. Has anyone here ever been smacked in the face with ten ostrich necks as they tried to get at a bowl of bird feed you were holding while sitting on a fence?
It was clearly in the Ostrich lane so the driver was at fault
This is what happens when a country is run by 100% men.
I just hope for the ostrich’s sake, it’s a guy. Because having a female run around like that, no male relative to chaperone, no headscarf… that could just be too much for some of those drivers to handle.
It is. Lady ostriches are brown.
Shhhhhh! Do you want the poor thing to get stoned to death for having the audacity being the lone occupant of her “vehicle”, and therefore, driving?
This is why I come to BB. I learn something new.
Nice to see that they have redneck assholes in Saudi Arabia too. Terrorizing animals is fun the world over.
In the redneck’s defense, he may be trying to get it off the road, now, forcefully but without killing it, so that it doesn’t later in some uncontrolled way, cause human beings to die when they swerve to avoid it. Why else is he honking the horn? He’s being humane, even if he doesn’t allow women to vote or fly kites.
Driver’s Ed teachers basically teach you to plow through animals, if you’re at speed and they’re in your path: they frame it as a “personal ethics” decision, but your decision is given as: “animal lives vs. you/your passenger/oncoming traffic possibly dies.”
I’d like to think that too, but I live in Qatar and I often Drive through Saudi. Let me tell you that he wasn’t trying to help it, he was probably just being a C***, everyone on the roads are C***s round here.
Animal welfare just doesn’t occur to people out here.
If it was an UFO the image would be totally blury.
Fenton! FEEENTOOOON! Jesus Christ!
Hey anyone remember this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cud_k9f6tqk
mip mip! mip mip!
Ostrich != Roadrunner :P
And then what happened?
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