This ostrich would have been safer burying his head in the sand.

Instead, an ostrich at the Pittsburgh Zoo recently fell through the ice in a creek and had to be rescued by zoo staff.

Zoo employees initially used metal rods to break the ice around the stranded ostrich, according to a Feb. 2, 2016, UPI story, and unsuccessfully tried to lure the bird onto dry ground.

Eventually a staff member “jumped into the water to walk alongside the ostrich after several failed attempts to guide it to the bank of the partially frozen creek. After a slight struggle [the employee] eventually was able to guide the bird to safety where zoo staff ensured the two were warm and dry.”

So apparently ostriches are not only flightless, but they also can’t swim.

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