Friday, February 24, 2012

When Ostriches Attack

Ostriches like to eat fingers. Seriously! Just ask my daughter.

A few years ago the family headed up the road to Zion National Park. Our kids begged to stop and look at an ostrich farm along the way. We agreed, though we regretted that decision after the trauma that ensued.

We bought a little bag of food that spectators can throw through the fence for the ostriches to eat. The kids were ecstatic to have this opportunity. We quickly realized the folly of our purchase.

Those ostriches were so completely ugly! They looked like God's practical joke on the animal kingdom. The children were as happy as could be, ostrich food was flying everywhere, smiles were pasted on faces, and life was simply magical. But then......

A loud shriek shattered the excitement. Danica was screaming in pain. She ran toward the car. Tears were streaming. The screaming continued. And continued. And.....continued.

Apparently, when little children nonchalantly grab the fence, their fingers look like delicious little Vienna Sausages. Suddenly ostriches aren't so interested in ostrich food. Human flesh seems much more appetizing.

Fortunately, no blood was spilled. No fingernails were lost. And we realized that it is incredibly difficult to appear sympathetic when you are laughing. The ostrich owner witnessed the brutality and brought Danica an ostrich feather. Apparently ostrich feathers have magical healing powers because she quickly stopped crying. So let this be a lesson to you kids. Don't feed your fingers to ostriches.

For all of you who are brave enough to see how much ostriches love to eat humans, check out this highly funny video:


  1. They are BOTH viscous and ugly! Agreed! I'm glad nobody lost a finger! :)

  2. They are soooo ugly! That video was hilarious. I always feel bad when I'm in stitches and trying to comfort my kids.

  3. I do not like ostriches. They just don't seem to be happy aninmals!

  4. Oh Cory, I know I shouldn't be laughing but I'm giggling hysterically. That picture of that ostrich is hideous but hilarious! Good thing no one lost flesh to one of those ugly birds.

  5. The poor woman was such a good sport anyway. I think I'll be saying "by injecting ostrich eggs" all day now.

  6. man alive, that ostrich picture is horrifying! So scary!
    That video was hilarious, though. Poor lady- no way would I have kept going with that shot.
    Now I know- never stop at an ostrich farm.

  7. And never stick your nose too close to a cockatoo's cage - just ask my cousin George.

  8. OMg that video was funny. I would have been out of there after take one. Sheesh. And I'm glad your daughter was OK in the end. If not going to have nightmares now ) ;

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