2012 - Rusty O's Bad Hair Day
by J. R. Beatty
As I approached the fence, I suddenly was confronted face-to-face, eyeball-to-eyeball by a large, six foot tall, very curious, male bird. Fortunately I was standing a few feet from the fence or my camera or even my face could have been pecked hard. (Click on photo)
Yes, the monsterous bird was named "Rusty O" (by me)! Yes, the "O" stands for Ostrich. Yes, his coarse, reddish hair and long, muscular neck were quite distinctive. But as you can see, outside in the foggy April rains, he was obviously having a very wet, very "bad hair day".
I also saw his "Hareem" - four wet, female ostriches lined up in a "chorus line" behind him foraging in vain for something to eat on the muddy ground. The closest female ostrich, inside the fence, was obviously his "Big Mama" for the time being!