VIDEO: Owl Rescue Centre confirms Ostrich seen running on N14 highway alongside Diepsloot - William Nicol has died KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

VIDEO: Owl Rescue Centre confirms Ostrich seen running on N14 highway alongside Diepsloot - William Nicol has died

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Owl Rescue Centre have confirmed Ostrich seen running on N14 highway alongside Diepsloot - William Nicol has died. (Read More Here).

This morning, a lady on Twitter, shared a video showing the moment an ostrich was seen running on N14 highway alongside Diepsloot near William Nicol. 

Owl Rescue team have confirmed the death of the ostrich which collapsed due to tiredness. 

Owl Rescue Centre wrote: "We were called out earlier today to rescue an ostrich that had been running on the N14 highway alongside Diepsloot for the whole morning. 
After we tracked her down our plan was to try keep her away from the freeway so as not too cause a serious accident. 

"While following her on the wrong side of the road we came across a metro police roadblock who we asked really politely if they could assist, first by closing the freeway to traffic and secondly in helping herd her to a safer area as there were eight officers. They declined to assist and said we shouldn't let our animals run freely on main roads and also not to travel up one ways. 

"We did try explain that it isn't our animal and that we're just the wildlife rescuers and that it's imperative we all need to prevent a 70kg ostrich from going through someone's windshield at 120km per hour.
 But sadly they had more important business to attend to apparently.

"After around three hours we managed to catch and restrain her, we immediately called our vet Dr Rob Campbell who was on standby to come and sedate her as ostriches suffer notoriously from capture myopathy. But while on the phone she collapsed. We performed CPR on her for twenty minutes but unfortunately we lost her. 

"The stress of being on that highway for six hours and the stress of the rescue was just too much for her. 
So yeah, tough day, wasn't our proudest moment. Sorry guys.

Video below:

We were called out earlier today to rescue an ostrich that had been running on the N14 highway alongside Diepsloot for the whole morning. After we tracked her down our plan was to try keep her away from the freeway so as not too cause a serious accident. While following her on the wrong side of the road we came across a metro police roadblock who we asked really politely if they could assist, first by closing the freeway to traffic and secondly in helping herd her to a safer area as there were eight officers. They declined to assist and said we shouldn't let our animals run freely on main roads and also not to travel up one ways. We did try explain that it isn't our animal and that we're just the wildlife rescuers and that it's imperative we all need to prevent a 70kg ostrich from going through someone's windshield at 120km per hour. But sadly they had more important business to attend to apparently. After around three hours we managed to catch and restrain her, we immediately called our vet Dr Rob Campbell who was on standby to come and sedate her as ostriches suffer notoriously from capture myopathy. But while on the phone she collapsed. We performed CPR on her for twenty minutes but unfortunately we lost her. The stress of being on that highway for six hours and the stress of the rescue was just too much for her. So yeah, tough day, wasn't our proudest moment. Sorry guys.

Posted by Owl Rescue Centre on Thursday, July 28, 2022

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