Originally Posted by themacpack
Once again, the animal is blamed/punished for being the animal -- the ostrich did what an ostrich does, period. Anyone who knows a fraction of anything about them would know that was a recipe for disaster - and anyone who didn't know shouldn't have that sort of animal. Frankly, I feel badly for the pony, the child and the ostrich - all of them were failed by being put in that situation in the first place.
Although the whole situation is unfortunate, I believe the father did what he had to do at that time. Ostriches are extremely
powerful and that one could have easily seriously injured that child. The father saved his child from this. Was it stupid of him to be there in the first place? Yes. But it would have been even more stupid if he tried to let the child fend for himself and not kick the ostrich. The ostrich is fine, the child would most likely not have been. We do not know the whole situation here. To me, this looks like a public facility that is taking advantage of the general public's lack of animal knowledge. As bizarre as it seems to us, the father might not have known what could have happened, like a kid who leaves food pellets in his pockets in a loose petting zoo. There just isn't enough information to really point fingers.