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"An ostrich who busted out of a cargo van checks out the territory around the Golden Gate Bridge."
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27 Responses:

  1. midendian says:

    Those National Park rangers must've been excited. They finally had something meaningful to do with their police cruisers.

    As meaningful as clearing ostriches from the roadway can be.

  2. lars_larsen says:

    The terrorists are using ostrich now!

  3. gordonzola says:

    the end times are here.

  4. bikerwalla says:

    I don't think "busted out of" is in the AP Stylebook, but it's certainly evocative. I imagine the bird just shredded through the thin sides of the trailer and leapt out.

  5. hafnir says:

    A few ostriches tried to attack me and Sharon and my mom's car yesterday. That's it, I'm going to Fuddruckers tonight and taking it out on their race with a fine ostrich burger! :)

    • phoenixredux says:

      My gf and I went to Fuddruckers last month for an Ostrich burger, only to find that they have switched to Buffalo and some other mammal (elk, I think). It was highly disappointing. I love Ostrich, and she doesn't eat mammal. Maybe we need to call our local butcher shops. The food pron someone posted above looked delicious.

      • hafnir says:

        Sharon (the gf) just showed up, and we're off right now to Fuddrucker's, which is literally on the first floor of the building my office is in (where I am right now), to see if indeed they do or don't have the ostrich burgers still. I'm on a mission now. :)

      • snitrocket says:

        I was attacked by ostriches once. It really sucked - they're mean. This was in Tennessee, on a neighbor's farm. (Don't get me started, but yes, there are ostrich farmers there. And Beefalo.) I still have a scar.

      • On a side note, Bison is fantastic.

      • hafnir says:

        Us: 2
        Ostriches: 0

        Justice is served. :)

    • thomtoffner says:

      I clicked on comments specifically to check to see if anyone had done this yet, and then to do it if they hadn't. Thanks for saving me the effort.

  6. ammonoid says:

    Ostrichs are anything but gentle, and they can eviscerate you with one kick. I would NOT go near one.

    • editer says:

      Which is why the folks in the photo are keeping their distance. The guy standing nearby is probably trying to "walk" the bird toward some sort of ostrich-sized container, or at least away from traffic until they can get an appropriate cage to the scene.

      At least that's how they dealt with the occasional escaped emu from a farm near where I used to live, emus being smaller and IIRC meaner versions of ostriches.

  7. merovingian says:

    It would probably be puerile of me to point out that the driver's name is Dick Love, huh?

  8. dina says:

    I heard this on the news today. It made simultaneous headlines with "Louisiana is under martial law and 80 percent of New Orleans is flooded."

    Fuck, who cares about a hurricane when there's a giant bird on the bridge?

  9. fastfwd says:

    . A sudden acceleration of the van caused the bird to smash through the rear window and land on the bridge pavement, just north of the toll plaza.

    "It should never have happened,'' said the driver of the van, Ronald Love. "The ostrich's butt broke the window. You never would think an ostrich could fit through a little window, but she did.''

    Of course--he blames the ostrich's butt instead of his lousy driving. How like a man.

  10. jimm3uller says:

    That Francisco, it sure is pretty fer a cow town

  11. asan102 says:

    Does the Golden-Gate bridge not have lane-divider lines?