About 20 ostriches escaped from their enclosure in Alberta, Canada, and tried to flee from the police who were chasing them.
Footage filmed by a witness on Thursday shows a police car approaching an ostrich running across the road. A passenger in the vehicle then reaches out to grab the animal by the neck, but is unable to hold it. The ostrich briefly falls to the ground before starting to flee.
Animal websites recommend grabbing an ostrich by the neck to force it down and prevent it from pecking, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
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The Taber Police Service said members of the police force and its regional community standards unit dealt with the ostriches, and that the birds created traffic hazards on their way out of town. The police service helped the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confine the ostriches, so that the animal’s owners could safely capture them.
The escaped ostriches all belong to the same person.
Most of the ostriches were captured Thursday, but RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Troy Savinkoff told CBC that efforts to secure the rest of them were still being exhausted.
RCMP often helps capture horses and cattle, but does not expect to respond to loose ostriches.
“The ostrich is certainly something we’re much less familiar with, and I can confirm that that particular researcher who received his first report did not anticipate pursuing ostriches during that shift,” Savinkoff said.
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One of the hunted ostriches was struck by a car and died after escaping from its enclosure.
Ostriches are the fastest running bird in the world, capable of traveling continuously at speeds of 30 to 37 miles per hour and can run up to 43 miles per hour, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoological and Conservation Biology Institute.