By Luke Kenton
This is the insane moment an unsuspecting engineer falls foul of an outraged ostrich who attacks him.
In the Northwest Province of South Africa, Tienie Van Wyk is about to be taught a formidable lesson by a frenzied fowl, who didn’t take kindly to the engineer’s presence.
Standing in front of the boisterous bird, as it flares its wings in anger, suddenly Tienie is bowled to the floor by the incensed ostrich, who ploughs into him like a feathered freight-train.
As Tienie is thrown backwards, the bird continues to maul the former farmer with a series of pecks and kicks, before thankfully being chased away by on-lookers.
Tienie, from Brakpan, South Africa, who grew up on an ostrich farm, said: “I landed on a thorn bush and was covered in scratches, but other than that, luckily I was fine.
“We were heading to an old borehole that I knew was nearby, when suddenly this ostrich approached us.
“From my experience with ostriches in the past, I could tell it was enraged by something so warned everyone to stay back.
“You’re never meant to turn your back on or run from an ostrich, so slowly I tried to back away and then he just ran over me.
“Thankfully I immobilised the bird by grabbing its neck and legs, before it could do anymore damage.
“Needless to say, I felt very lucky to escape with only minor injuries.”