Owner Says the Ostrich That Ran Loose in QC Village Died Due to Stress
But the other is safe at a wildlife park in Diliman.
One of the two ostriches that went viral after they were caught running in a Quezon City subdivision is safe at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Diliman, environment officials said on Friday, August 7. The other, however, died due to stress, the owner told the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Saturday, August 8. But Usec. Benny Antiporda has yet to validate the claim, according to reports.
The giant flightless birds provided a distraction during the reimposed Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. Their plight also raised awareness over what types of animals could be kept as pets.
The incident prompted social-media users to share random videos of animals caught roaming the streets while humans are required to stay at home, from pigs to cows.
The ostrich that's at the wildlife park appeared to be healthy and had no injuries, said its attending veterinarian, Steven Toledo. It was surrendered to the center, he said. Based on initial information, the animal was bought from an ostrich farm in Cagayan de Oro.
"Pag ganito, dapat wala sa loob ng village," Toledo told reportr. It was unclear why it was in the subdivision.