While there are many living creatures on the planet, there are some behaviors that are consistent among all species, from humans all the way to the smallest mammals. The courtship ritual is one of them, as aptly demonstrated by this male ostrich who performs some totally funky dance moves to get the attention of a female:
Video credit: Rumble
If you’re a guy, then you must have remembered that awkward time when you were at high school or college and just didn’t know how to approach a girl. If you were at a party, chances are you would’ve tried to do some funky dance moves yourself in the hopes of impressing your crush enough that she’d take notice of you.
It’s just funny when some of these things apparently show up in wildlife, as well.
Ostriches are the largest birds in the world. With a height of almost 3 meters (9 feet), they can weigh up to 135 kg (300 lbs). Despite looking lanky, that much mass also means they’re the most powerful bird in the world.
A kick from a fully-grown ostrich is powerful enough to severely wound or even kill a human, let alone lions and other large predators. Their long legs also lend them speed, going up to more than 90 kph (60 mph).
It’s quite seldom for people to encounter ostriches up close in the wild precisely because of how dangerous their kicks are.
But the ostrich in the video is housed in a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center located in Akumal, Mexico. It provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see these ostriches up close, although care should still be taken not to startle them.
Fortunately, the ostriches in the center have become familiar enough with the presence of humans that they are not alarmed by the approaching guests.
The center houses injured animals that may need frequent and extended care as well as those that authorities had seized from illegal trade. Some of the animals in the center were illegally kept as pets and need to live in the center because they are unable to survive on their own in the wild.
All the animals here are well-provided for and can expect to wander around freely in their enclosures, free from any fear of predators or human abuse. That’s certainly one more reason to do a groovy dance, though the ostriches may not be aware of it.
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