Racing With Birds
PD Ostrich Show Farm, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Have you watched Road Runner, the cartoon where this road runner is being chased constantly by a coyote? If you have then have you ever wondered what it would be like to run in a race against a bird? You probably have not but if you have (or have not), this race can most certainly be arrange. Road runners are actually small birds and they are not found in Malaysia. One bird that you can race is the ostrich. This can be done at the PD Ostrich Show Farm in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.
An ostrich checking us out at the PD Ostrich Show Farm.
The PD Ostrich Show Farm as the name suggests is home to a number of ostriches. Here visitors are given the opportunity to interact with these humongous birds. Of course doing so without a guide can be very dangerous as ostriches can attack. Here at the PD Ostrich Show Farm lives an ostrich that is very used to humans. This darling of an ostrich can be hugged (in a proper way) of course following the instructions of the guide.
Left: Hanging out with an ostrich. This playful ostrich will take your cap, glasses, etc. just for the fun of it. Right: Standing on an ostrich egg that is placed on sand within a used tyre.
For those who have not seen or have not held an ostrich egg, one can do so here. Ostrich eggs are really tough. Just like the ostriches, they are a lot larger than the usual bird eggs. Ostrich chicks are certainly larger than the chicks of most birds, hence the larger egg size. Ostrich eggs are also tough. The shell must certainly be really thick. Here at the PD Ostrich Show Farm, visitors get to stand on an ostrich egg. The egg can even take my weight of about 105kg.
An ostrich egg.
Who Wants A Race?
What about running a race against an ostrich? Yes, this most certainly can be arranged here. During our visit we did just that. There is a track built for racing with the ostriches; men and women against bird. Just so you know, ostriches are really fast. They may not be able to fly but they can surely run. An ostriches can run at speeds over 70 km/h or 43 mph. If you think that you are fast, go race an ostrich.
Racing an ostrich. The ostrich is a smart bird. It conserves energy by running only a little faster than the fastest human in the race.
The PD Ostrich Show Farm is not just about ostriches. There are other animals there too such as guinea pigs, cows, etc. There are also various fruit trees, herb plants, flowers, etc at the herb garden. It is here that I got my first taste of pineapple salad; sweet pineapple slices mixed with flowers such as hibiscus and sweet pea (should you decide to try eating sweet pea flowers do not eat the bud), as well as mint leafs. It was super delicious.
Delicious pineapple salad.
When vacationing in Port Dickson do remember the PD Ostrich Show Farm and add it into your itinerary. To care for the ostriches and other animals that call the place home, the PD Ostrich Show Farm charges an entrance fee. Location and contact details below.
Feeding water to a camel.
Google Maps to PD Ostrich Show Farm, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.
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