Ride an Ostrich

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yotaka.rodpothong yotaka.rodpothong

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I don't think They're too strong and too fast like this before.

Be careful when you're riding them. 

 

 


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Passed a place called Highgate on our way from Cape Town to Grahamstown in South Africa. Saw a sign and pulled in. I didn't spend long on the birds back because it was crazy and a bit scary (and my wife was nearly having an epileptic fit laughing).


Lizzy88 Lizzy88

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Went to an Ostrich farm, Fed an ostrich, got a kiss from an ostrich and sat and of course Completed the goal Ride an ostrich!!!!!!

 

 


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I wore a helmet & I have a video lol


LizzyW LizzyW

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Never in a million years did I think that I would ride an ostrich. The thought didn't even cross my mind. Sure it looked fun in “The Swiss Family Robinson” movie, but I didn’t even know you could really do it.

This adventure started with my desire to go to Curacao. Originally, I had planned to go to the Dolphin Academy and swim with the dolphins. It had always been a dream of mine, but the more I researched it the more I realized that these facilities spend very little of their revenue on dolphin research and conservation. The dolphins, in most cases, are not dolphins that were injured and are being rehabilitated. They are usually dolphins that have been captured from the wild and torn from away from their pod often going through a harrowing ordeal (many don’t survive) to become entertainment for us. I just can’t support this.

When doing my research on the Dolphin Academy I also learned about Curacao’s Ostrich Farm, a very ecological farm that raises ostriches for their restaurant and, when abundant, exports the meat. Of a 400-pound bird only about 100 pounds is consumed. The rest is fed to the pigs and crocodiles. Fertile eggs are hatched and infertile eggs are used for omelets and the like. They grow their own garden vegetables and maintain a very clean, organic farm.

The farm itself enticed me, but when I heard you could ride an ostrich I had to explore it more. I found that riding an ostrich causes it no harm. The birds experience little stress (sometimes in the wild an ostrich will be running to escape a predator and it will keep running even when it’s no longer being chased because it forgets why it was running.)

I visited the Ostrich Farm on a beautiful Tuesday morning. It was a low season for tourists and I lucked out with a private tour.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/19543537@N04/8244089176/

Afterwards I met three men with a small pick up truck and we went to where they ride the ostriches. Because I was wearing flip flops they suggested I take them off. I stood on the bed of the pick up truck and gave my camera to one of the men for pictures. The other two men brought the ostrich to the truck and instructed me to climb on the bird’s back as close to the next as possible, hold on to the wings, bend my knees so my legs are above the ostrich’s knees and lean back. Then they took me on one of the craziest rides of my life.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/19543537@N04/8242983051/

The entire time the ostrich was calm, but as he ran I can only imagine that it was similar to riding a horse without a saddle. All together my time on the ostrich was probably 5-10 minutes, just enough that I’ll never forget it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/19543537@N04/8244066456/

Completed 11/27/2012


ruchi.gupta.94801116 ruchi.gupta.94801116

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Did it in South Africa


mzattar mzattar

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Em uma fazenda de avestruzes em Oudtshoorn, África do Sul. Visita técnica florestal/1990?O passeio foi divertido. Melhor ainda foi saborear ovos e a carne do bicho!#i'macarnivore 


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South Africa. 2010


freedomoftime freedomoftime

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sascotchick sascotchick

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Very strange experience - my legs were too short to wrap round it's neck so it was very wobbly!


EstherdeJong EstherdeJong

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We were at an Ostrich Farm in South Africa and got the chance to ride one.

Biscotty Biscotty

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Absolutely terrifying but incredible

 


asyafurman asyafurman

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siewyean.lai siewyean.lai

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yulkkk!!!!


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