Runaway ostrich Chickaboo doing well at new home after traffic-stopping incident in Malaysia

Chickaboo now has three other ostrichs - one a sibling - for company.
Chickaboo now has three other ostrichs - one a sibling - for company. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
An ostrich, named Chickaboo, was seen running down the extreme right lane of the Federal Highway in Petaling Jaya, on June 16, 2016.
An ostrich, named Chickaboo, was seen running down the extreme right lane of the Federal Highway in Petaling Jaya, on June 16, 2016. PHOTO: THE STAR

SEMENYIH (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Except for experiencing a bit of "culture shock", runaway ostrich Chickaboo is doing well at its new home at Ostrich Wonderland in Semenyih, Selangor .

Its owner Casey Tey said Chickaboo has three other ostriches, one of which is a sibling, for company at the farm so that would keep the loneliness away.

"Chickaboo has a minor cut on its neck and seems to be experiencing culture shock after seeing so many other ostriches but he is okay," Mr Tey said when met at the farm on Friday (June 17).

 

"I just want Chickaboo to be comfortable," he said adding that he planned to build a special enclosure for Chickaboo as many curious visitors have been asking about the bird.

The six-month-old ostrich was famously caught on camera sprinting along the Federal Highway on Thursday.

It made the dash while its owner Darren Chow, 44, was transporting it to the farm where Mr Chow had bought it.

Mr Chow was taking the bird back to the farm as it had grown too big for him to handle.

Mr Tey said Mr Chow stayed for a while with Chickaboo last night as he was concerned how it would adapt to the new home.

"He admitted that he had made a mistake for not taking enough precautions when transporting Chickaboo and was extremely worried about the animal," he said.

Mr Tey said the special enclosure to be built for Chickaboo would allow visitors to get "up, close and personal" with the ostrich and learn about him.

When approached by The Star, Chickaboo seemed quite happy where he is and was frolicking with the rest of his new friends.