Monday, April 18, 2016

Amphibious carrier used to rescue ostriches from flooded farm

Ostriches are known as flightless birds, but Russian rescuers recently discovered the animals can’t swim either. A rescue crew evacuated a flock of stranded ostriches after severe flooding on Friday.

Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) pulled 11 of the flightless birds to safety at an ostrich farm near the city of Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast, which has seen severe flooding in recent days.

Three crew members awkwardly pulled a big bird from the floodwaters and onto a boat. With its lower body completely underwater and a bag over its head, the bird was clearly spooked and moving erratically during the rescue mission.

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The terrified ostrich stumbled while guided to a crate on the back of the rescue boat, as at least five other team members helped complete the rescue. The animal is later shown inside the crate appearing more relaxed, now with the bag removed. It curiously looks around its new temporary home before being transported to dry land.

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