There were bizarre scenes in Yiwu this morning, when an ostrich popped onto the busy G1512 highway for it’s “morning exercise.” Things started getting interesting, however, when a truck went by seemingly goading the ostrich into racing with it, and the ostrich obliged, picking up its speed and running alongside.
The result was inevitable, however, with the ostrich eventually tiring and losing the race, and the truck speeding off into the distance.
The police later came to the scene, and attempted to lead the ostrich off the highway. But, the bird seemed to be exhausted and stood motionless after its race. The police had to wait for the tired bird to rest for around 10 minutes before they were able to successfully take the 2-meter-tall creature away from the perils that are Chinese highways, Tencent News reports.
After the incident, it was revealed that the ostrich is actually the pet of a nearby villager. The villager said that he has a pair of pet ostriches, and he called the police when he realized that the male one had gone missing.
This ostrich should consider himself lucky after another of his kind ran against the flow of traffic and was hit by two cars in Fujian last year.
Check out the following video to see how the ostrich lost the race.
By Dina Li