Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This is the shocking moment an astonished motorist finds an ostrich standing in the middle of a busy motorway.
The driver of the car was unsure which way the ostrich was going to run as he approached it near the Shilin service station on the Guangkun Expressway.
As the driver approached the huge bird on the Shisuo Section of the expressway, he realised it was a live ostrich and slammed on the brakes.
At first, the ostrich refused to budge, but then another motorist that was forced onto the hard shoulder in order to avoid crashing into the stopped car suddenly whizzed past, startling the ostrich, which then started running.
After a short distance, it then moved over onto the hard shoulder allowing the driver to pass but it’s unclear what happened after that from the video.
Officials said later that the ostrich had escaped through the open door of a trailer transporting it.
Officials at the No. 3 Field Service Squadron of the Kunshi Brigade of the Yunnan Traffic Police confirmed that the incident happened on 14th May.
They said that the motorist who had filmed the incident was also the one who called them to raise the alarm.
Meanwhile, a second call was made a short while later from a man who stopped at a nearby tollbooth and discovered that the door to the trailer where he had been transporting the ostrich had come open and he had escaped.
It was later spotted on a slip road which was then sealed off and finally being recaptured.
It was then reunited with its owner and the journey continued.