South Africans have got pretty used to the chaos that confronts us each day. But, after prolonged spells of load shedding and soaring fuel prices, we might just have to draw the line at sharing the freeway with an escaped ostrich.
The jaw-dropping sight was reported by a stunned motorist earlier on Thursday. She was also able to capture the big bird on film, as it weaved in and out of lanes and caused chaos on William Nicol Drive. The ostrich was first spotted in the Randburg area.
Another sighting claimed that the flightless wonder was heading towards Diepsloot. Either way, local SPCA representatives have been contacted. The organisation has confirmed that the initial video was sent to them ‘around 6:00’.
In the clip itself, we can see the Ostrich as it switches from the central reservation to the hard shoulder, running past an 80km/h sign. In the bird’s defence, it did manage to observe the speed limit. But panic soon set in as it approached a bridge.
The runaway creature stopped dead in its tracks and made an about turn, before the person behind the camera pulls away from the scene. As it stands, the ostrich still hasn’t been captured – and residents of Johannesburg have been asked to keep their eyes peeled.
Only in Africa!
An Ostrich has been spotted running along the highway in Fourways, Johannesburg.
The local SPCA has been called out to assist in capturing the bird and taking it to safety. pic.twitter.com/N4XEObm5Bu
— Brent Lindeque (@BrentLindeque) July 28, 2022
The SPCA have issued some straightforward guidance to those who could possibly come into contact with the ostrich. Civilians are advised to only chase the bird if it can be ushered into a confined space. Emergency numbers and relevant contact details have also been provided.
“We advise that you must only go after the ostrich if you can chase it into a yard or park. That will make it easy for us to come and rescue the bird. You can contact our emergency number on 083 381 4732, or reach the office by dialling 011 604 0491.”