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.

Monday 5 August 2013

Inventor creates flying ostrich

A Dutch inventor says he's created the world's first flying ostrich - by attaching propellors to a stuffed bird.

Bart Jenson has spent the last 12 months working on his OstrichCopter, reports Metro.

"I thought it was really funny to make fly a bird that can't. It's quite a challenge to get the thing flying," he said.

He previously made headlines when he turned his beloved dead cat Orville into a helicopter after it was tragically run over by a car.

For his latest project, Mr Jenson got a dead ostrich from a farm and took it to a taxidermist to have it skinned and tanned.

He and and his sidekick, technical engineer Arjen Beltman, then set about fitting it with engines and propellers.

Their hard work paid off when they recently took the remote-controlled flying ostrich for a successful test flight.

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