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Ostrich riding

PHOTO: AFP

Have you ever ridden a horse?

Most horses get ridden all the time, but even they can be a little scary to ride when they start going fast.

Ostrich (鴕鳥) riding is like riding a horse, but with feathers instead of hair and no reins to hold on to. Plus, ostriches are known for being much less friendly than horses. Yikes!

The man in this picture is an ostrich jockey, and he rides ostriches all the time. Even though he's a 32-year-old grown man, this two-year-old ostrich has no problem carrying him on its back. Ostriches are very strong birds.

Do you think you'd be brave enough to give ostrich riding a try?

The words of the day

rein n.

/ren/

韁繩 (jiang1 sheng2)

jockey n.

騎師 (qi2 shi1)

In a horse race, the jockey must be very light, so that the horse can run its fastest.

賽馬時,騎師必須體重很輕,馬兒才能飛快奔馳。


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