Cape Town - Most people know to stay away from an ostrich, but sometimes they come looking for you.
A Cape Town mother and her daughter found this out when a band of curious, pecking ostriches prevented them from leaving their Eastern Cape accommodation while on a weekend break.
Amanda Stergianos told SAPeople that she was visiting her boarding daughter in Grahamstown when they decided to take a break in Fort Beaufort, an estate just outside of town where animals roam free.
"When it was time to catch my flight back to Cape Town, we tried to get to the car… when these curious ostriches approached our deck.
"Aware that they can have a deadly strike with their strong legs and claw toes, we retracted back into the cottage… and had to wait out their 45-minute visit, in which they unapologetically investigated our luggage and pecked at the windows!
“When we finally managed to shoo them off with waving blankets in the air, we sat in the car breathlessly marvelling at the joy of living in Africa – and very nearly missing my flight!”
If you're ever in a similar situation, know that ostriches' kicks and bites can be lethal - making their dinosaur ancestors proud.
Watch the dastardly ostriches block their escape below: