5 Cool Things About Chickaboo The Highway Ostrich

The flightless bird was spotted on Federal Highway yesterday, 16 June.

Cover image via Joshua Desmond/Jeff Sandhu

By now, you should have heard of the runaway ostrich that made quite an appearance on the Federal Highway yesterday, 16 June

The ostrich was being transported to a farm in Semenyih before it escaped from the open window of the vehicle and sprinted towards the highway at about 3pm.

It was seen speeding down the fast lane at about 3.20pm, tickling Malaysians with its antics.

A video of the incident was uploaded by local radio station BFM producer Jeff Sandhu on social media site Instagram, and it quickly went viral.

Several media later reported that the runaway ostrich has been rescued.

Here are 5 things that we learned about the mischievous flightless bird:

1. It has a name!

It was initially reported that the ostrich's name is Peekaboo, but has media channels have updated that its real name is Chickaboo.

According to the owner, Darren Chow, the name came from the words "chick" and "peekaboo". He said that the name was chosen based on its personality when it was still a hatchling, as reported by Channel News Asia.

2. It was running at 35km/h

Image via Jeff Sandhu

According to Sandhu, it was estimated that Chickaboo was sprinting at the speed of about 35km/h before it grew tired and slowed down, as reported by The Star Online.

Experts say that ostriches are able to run at up to 45mp/h (about 72.42km/h) for long periods of time.

3. Chickaboo is only 6 months old

Darren Chow with Chickaboo the ostrich before they parted ways.

Image via Channel News Asia

4. Chickaboo is a friendly ostrich, and has a Husky as a friend

Photo for illustration purposes only.

Image via Dogtime

It was reported that Chickaboo sleeps with her Husky friend.

Chickaboo's owner also said that it hangs out with other animals, including a few turkeys and dogs.

5. Chickaboo is quite the celebrity, even before its surprise appearance yesterday

Chow taking a photo with Chickaboo last night.

Image via The Malay Mail

"Chickaboo is popular among schoolchildren. I take all my pets to visit schools often," said Darren.

"She also tags along with me when I visit the homeless in Jalan Haji Taib. She is a hit among the children there," he was quoted as saying by The Malay Mail, today, 17 June.

Chickaboo's 50-minute escapade had caused a stir on the highway, but we're so glad to know that our highway star is safe!

Image via Giphy

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