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  • Two ostriches were on the loose in oncoming traffic in Cape Town on Wednesday morning.
  • The pair caused quite a stir as they made their way through traffic.
  • Drivers were caught off-guard when the birds started heading towards the M5 highway.

Two ostriches, believed to be from Schaapkraal in Cape Town, and on the loose in traffic, near Ottery Main Road, caused a stir on Wednesday.

The pair were spotted at about 11:00, leaving road users in shock.

The ostriches held up traffic in Cape Town in broad daylight, while making their way towards the M5 highway.

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Ashraf Plaatjies, a Strandfontein taxi driver, who was on his way to Mitchells Plain at the time, said he was confused as to why there was such a commotion on the road.

"It was only when I looked out of my window that I saw this long neck looking around, like it was trying to decide which way he must go,­" Plaatjies giggled.

He said when he saw the ostriches running across the street, he couldn't believe his eyes.

"Yoh! those animals can run fast, and they make so much noise. When I hooted at it, it stuck its tongue out at me and started running," he said.

According to Plaatjies, when the ostrich approached his vehicle, it was a full-on "staring" competition.

"When I started shouting at it to get out of the way, he made an annoying screeching sound and ran towards the M5," Plaatjies said, while jokingly adding that he hoped the pair got home safely.

Road users claimed the ostriches belonged to a nearby resident.

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Shelly Anne Appolis said she was on her way to the Strandfontein when she saw a long neck in her car's mirror.

"My eyes nearly popped out of its sockets. I thought the animal was going to jump onto my car the way it was running at such a fast pace. It was the laugh I needed for the day," she said.

On Wednesday morning around 11 am, road users were left pleasantly surprised after two male ostriches held up traffic in broad daylight making their way towards the M5.
on the run
Social media was abuzz on Wednesday after two ostriches were found wandering around into oncoming traffic in the Ottery main road area.
Ostriches caused a stir on social media on Wednesday morning.

Belinda Abraham, spokesperson for The Cape of Good Hope SPCA, confirmed to News24 that they were informed only of one male ostrich on the road in Ottery.

"We dispatched an inspector and assisted the owner with getting the ostrich back onto his property. The ostrich was unharmed," Abraham said.

The SPCA thanked motorists for their patience and assistance in getting the bird back home safely. 

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