A zoo gardener had to use a pair of whip scissors to restrain an aggressive ostrich that had pinned him to the ground.
The maintenance worker was in the African savanna habitat at Taronga’s Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales, two weeks ago when he became involved in the conflict.
Footage of the encounter has emerged showing the man lying on his back while the aggressive male ostrich looms over him with its wings spread.
A maintenance worker had to defend himself against an aggressive male ostrich with only a whip
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The footage shows the gardener slowly backing away at first, using his whip to try to keep the angry ostrich at bay.
The cutting device was not switched on at this time.
Undeterred, the giant bird hit the worker with numerous kicks with its long claws.
The gardener ended up with his back pressed against a rock and tried to use his feet to keep distance between himself and the bird before he slipped and fell into the dirt.
Another worker is then seen coming by to assess the situation.
Taronga Zoo has confirmed the man only suffered minor injuries and has since returned to work.
Male ostriches are known to become aggressive during the mating season, which lasts from June to late October or early November each year.
The attack happened two weeks ago in the African savannah habitat at Taronga’s Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales (pictured).