As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

DO OSTRICHES SWIM? A RARE GLIMPSE OF THE BIRDS IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN


They can't fly, but that's okay, because ostriches have picked up a new skill. According to the Daily Mail U.K., two of the birds were spotted swimming in the Atlantic Ocean near South Africa.

However, the ocean is a busy place and the ostriches' relaxing dip was soon interrupted by a fishing boat. The birds begrudgingly followed the boat back to shore, cutting short their swim time.

While catching an ostrich in the water is a rare sight, researchers say the animal does indulge in the wet stuff every so often. The birds especially enjoy a dip on hot days. They keep afloat by easily treading water with their lengthy legs.

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