Ostriches in Quezon City catch the attention of netizens – and DENR

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) — Maybe someone has been playing Jumanji all along.

This was the conclusion of some netizens after two ostriches were spotted running around a village in Quezon City on Tuesday.

Jumanji, a movie franchise about friends who became part of a virtual game filled with wild animals, trended on Twitter as netizens poked fun at the ostriches on the loose. Some said the players should finish the game already, in hopes the pandemic year could be back to normal.

“I have seen weird things in my life but this one ranks up there,” resident and video uploader Dino Rivera said in his Facebook post which has gotten more than 20,000 shares. Other videos of the flightless birds also surfaced online.

The ostriches have been captured, but where they came from remains a mystery.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources said its Wildlife Rescue Center personnel went to the private subdivision in Barangay Pasong Tamo, but were told that the ostriches have been returned to the owner.

Ostriches can be kept as pets, said Dr. Rona Rose Sinaon of the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau, but owners should secure a Certificate of Wildlife Registration from the department.

Republic Act No. 9147 states that possession of wildlife is illegal unless the person can prove "financial and technical capability and facility" to take care of the animal.

Ariel de Jesus, an animal handler of DENR, told CNN Philippines they will request a meeting with the owner.

Meanwhile, using the promo code “OSTRICH” can get you a discount on Angkas Padala as the ride-hailing app rode on the viral video. The camera incidentally caught one of its riders while one of the ostriches was frantically running.