Revenge of the Ostrich!
Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
47Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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What happened during the 45 minutes after the caves wouldn't have looked out of place in 'An Idiot Abroad!!' We went to an ostrich farm
"What is your name, sir?"..."Paul"...."Well lucky for you Paul, today you will be kissing our beautiful ostrich, Betsy!!" GREAT!!!! First up we went to see them and Kala was first into the spotlight, as she stood right next to the ostrich while it ate food from the guide, who was stood behind Kala, basically wrapping its neck around her like a cuddle!! Funny funny!! Then my turn....I had to hold a bit of ostrich food in my mouth while it pecked it out (simulating a kiss!)! The little fecker pecked me right in the face!!! Anyway, soon after that the fun really started! I was gonna ride on the back of one. I thought she was joking at first but apparently not. I got changed into my 'ostrich-riding' suit which was EMBARRASSINGLY SMALL (check out the half-masts)!!! 2 guys got an ostrich in a pen of about 15-20 of them, blindfolded it and guided it over to where I was. They put it in a little wooden...er..thing then put me on the back of it. "Hold it's wings tight!"...."Don't you worry about that..." ...but before I could finish my sentence the blindfold was off and the ostrich BOLTED!
In the afternoon we went to the Cango Wildlife Ranch, home of the famous (ok maybe not 'famous') purring cheetah!! Had a top afternoon and was guided round the park by Garth, who showed us his collection of wildlife, ranging from big crocs and hippos to a massive selection of big cats and, sure enough, one of the cheetahs was purring away (according to Kala anyway...I couldn't hear it!!)! What really stood out here was their real passion and enthusiasm to increase the numbers of these endangered species. One example of this is that they have a separate breeding ground and work with partners worldwide to strengthen the gene pool and stop inbreeding. Impressive stuff!!
That night we ate ostrich steak and ostrich sausage......HA!!