Ostrich makes dash for freedom in Cyprus

An escaped ostrich attacked a car and took Cypriot police on a wild-bird chase after escaping from a farm outside the Mediterranean island’s capital of Nicosia, a report said on Wednesday.

Police were alerted to the bird’s bid for freedom after it jumped on a woman’s Mercedes, damaging the back bumper and boot, said the daily Philelftheros.

Two police patrol cars were dispatched to prevent any more traffic chaos and the 300kg ostrich was finally accosted nearly 2km from the scene of the breakout and near the residence of Cypriot president Tassos Papadopoulos.

The island is home to thousands of ostriches who are farmed for their meat and feathers. — AFP

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