Blythe area officials and local farmers kickstarted December with a memorable retrieval of what some consider to be the animal kingdom’s most majestic – or, at least, one of the biggest – flightless birds in the Palo Verde Valley on Wednesday: an ostrich.

The billed fleet-footed resident was safely escorted and returned home thanks to the response from area professionals.

“On December 1, 2021, CHP Officer A. White, ID 19456, received a notification from Animal Control of a loose ostrich stuck in a concrete canal,” stated Blythe station California Highway Patrol (CHP) to the Times. “Officer White is familiar with ostriches and knows the dangers involved with handling them, and he responded to 22nd Ave. and Lovekin Blvd. to assist.”

As noted by PBS, ostriches are the largest and heaviest living birds on earth, with males standing 6.9-9-ft. in height, weighing 220-287 pounds, and females standing 5.7-6.2-ft. in height and weighing between 198-242 pounds.

Lifespans are noted to be 30-40 years in the wild, but can potentially reach 70 in captivity.

While the big birds can’t necessarily “take flight” in the way their contemporary counterparts can, the ostrich use wings for control and balance while running (sometimes over 40 miles per hour).

“Officer White was able to assist with the safe removal and return of the ostrich to the owner, with the help of Animal Control and local farmers,” stated CHP.

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