Ostrich dies from injuries

UPDATE: 5:10 p.m.

Thursday's incident involving an ostrich on Highway 97 has a tragic ending.

Police say the ostrich died from injuries suffered when it escaped from a moving trailer.

"The ostrich succumbed to its injuries prior to the arrival of an equine veterinarian," said Cpl. Tania Carroll.

The bird was one of several ostriches being transported in a horse trailer when it escaped.

UPDATE: 11:35 a.m.

A witness says an ostrich loose on Highway 97 in Kelowna apparently fell out the back of a truck.

Richard Brown says he was driving to Orchard Ford when he couldn't believe his eyes.

He saw the huge bird down on the pavement near the entrance to the Chevron gas station beside Costco.

It was flapping around and appeared to be injured, he said.

He drove round the block to get a better look, and said "That's not something you expect to see every day in Kelowna."

There is no word on the condition of the bird.

ORIGINAL: 11:25 a.m.

A runaway ostrich has been corralled on Highway 97 in Kelowna.

Details are few at this point, but a group of people have pinned the big bird down on the sidewalk, north of McCurdy Corner, in the area of Orchard Ford and Scandia Games.

Feathers can be seen scattered on the ground, however it's not known if the ostrich was running in traffic or was struck by any vehicles.

It's also not known where the bird came from.

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