Down the Home Ostrich

Sender-inner Thรฉrรจse B. shares aย story from Le Figaro: “Last week, Oleksiy Mishchenko and two other cyclists were training not far from the Cape of Good Hope to prepare for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, a race of 110 kilometers attracting 35,000 participants each year in March. Things were proceeding normally when an ostrich came out of nowhere and gave chase.”

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33 thoughts on “Down the Home Ostrich

  1. Ricky's Mom March 8, 2016 / 4:47 pm
  2. Amy March 8, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Yakkety Sax should be the theme!

  3. fkaWaldenPond March 8, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    70 km/h
    Maximum, Adult, Running
    *holy shit, how did they not soil their pants?!*
    *that ostrich is a truly mean machine, (hear him scream?!) mo-fo bad ass*

  4. Faye March 8, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    If I died right now it would be ok. I am satisfied with my existence on this earth having seen that guy run flat out like that.

    Thank you very much.

    • fkaWaldenPond March 8, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      I’m with you Faye. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Gigi_the cat lady March 8, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    The ostrich is their coach and it bites them in the a$$ if they slow down.

    • Faye March 8, 2016 / 6:01 pm


  6. Tagatha March 8, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    I hadn’t realized ostriches were quite THIS fast.

    • 6rabbits March 8, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      …or determined!

  7. Kay Fabe March 8, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    “Geez, Norm. I hope I don’t look half as goony when I run.”

  8. Smartypants March 8, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    It’s like “Duel” – only with cyclists instead of Dennis Weaver, and a giant ostrich instead of a trucker…

  9. anonymous coward March 8, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    so, really, what’s the deal with the ostrich?
    was it giving chase because it was angry with them or what?

    …hmm… was it really the bird that was screeching like that?
    if yes, i wonder why it was pissed at the cyclists.

    they must have commented on her legs. yeah, that must be it.

    • fkaWaldenPond March 8, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      I suspect the ostrich is a ‘he’ and he is getting allll territorial. It is mating season and well, this is his ‘stretch/block to that bush and the white suv (*snerk* he is so bad-ass it could be his). He is confusing the bikers with competing mates. (??)

  10. Faye March 8, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I watched it again. Basically they are being chased by a Velociraptor as in dinosaur with velocity. Take the feathers off and you have a warm blooded demented Dino up your A$$.

    • fkaWaldenPond March 8, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Yuppers! Screw CADF and any dope– just put a dino in feathers up your arse and that should do the trick. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Faye March 8, 2016 / 9:42 pm

        The fastest dinosaurs were probably the ostrich mimic ornithomimids, toothless meat-eaters with long limbs like ostriches. They ran at least 25 miles per hour from our estimates based on footprints in mud. But that’s just a guess and you don’t run your fastest in mud.

  11. Dana March 8, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    That’s not an ostrich. It’s Lance Armstrong. He’s still pissed about his lifetime ban in competitive cycling.

  12. TrixAndSam March 8, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Bertha: Hank, what-all are ya doin’ today?
    Hank: Welp, thought I’d go for an o’strich of me legs on that cape o good hope.

  13. ^oo^ March 9, 2016 / 1:06 am

    Aussie cyclists win in the final stritch.

  14. birdcage March 9, 2016 / 8:33 am

    It’s the dude bringing up the rear, holding the camera, who I believe is in the greatest danger!

  15. Shan March 9, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Was the Ostrich chasing them or running from the car that was taking the video?

    • Faye March 9, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      Shan your question gave me a perfect excuse to watch this again. If you look closely at the beginning you can see the ostrich outpaces the person with the camera. The ostrich comes from behind and passes on the right. I think the ostrich is definitely in pursuit of the cyclists and not afraid of anything on this earth. I also think the vehicle may be a third cyclist rather than a car.

      • Smartypants March 9, 2016 / 7:17 pm

        I agree – the article from Le Figaro says ‘Oleksiy Mishchenko and two other cyclists,’ so I assume he’s filming from a bike.

        I think the ostrich believes they’re two exotic wheeled female ostriches and he’s trying to woo them – “Ladies, wait! You haven’t visited my nest!” ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Faye March 9, 2016 / 8:04 pm

          He’s thinking WOW those girls are fast!!

  16. AB March 9, 2016 / 11:01 am

    Cyclists are always slowing down traffic where I live. Now I know what we need– a herd of ostriches to chase them away! I realize that would mean that the ostriches would then be the ones making me late to work, but I think I could live with that.

  17. Faye March 9, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    He was just gonna score when fast competition came along.

    • fkaWaldenPond March 9, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      She was all like ‘Farm-boy, fetch me that pitcher, err I mean fetch me those cyclists.’

  18. AJ March 12, 2016 / 10:10 am

    At first I couldn’t figure out why 2 cyclists were on a page for cute animals and when I got to the line about the ostrich I had to read it twice to make it sink in. And the video, holy smokes, I was laughing so hard! The only thing I had running through my brain is “PEDAL FASTER!!!!!!”

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