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How to Survive an Ostrich Attack

Ostriches are huge and can cause serious damage, but, like any animal, there are ways to avoid being attacked by one.


  • Step 1: Lie down or get low to the ground. The ostrich will recognize that you are not a threat and might stay near you for a while, but it won't hurt you. Lie down flat and cover your face and head. If you are prepared and remain calm, you might end up with a good scare, but you will be alive.
  • FACT: Contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand.
  • Step 2: If you're willing to take a huge risk, grab the neck of the bird and pull its head down. Their necks are long and delicate, so if you can get hold of it, you can prevent the bird from using its beak against you and from kicking you. The bird will usually start backing off and you can let go.
  • Step 3: Don't turn and run. An ostrich is much faster than you are. They can run at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. If you encounter one that appears ready to attack, do not panic -- you will not win this foot race.
  • TIP: Don't provoke the birds. If you are around ostriches, try not to make any sudden noises.
  • Step 4: Get to a safe place. This can be a car, a building, or up a tree. Just go somewhere the animal can't reach you.

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