Ostrich struts on Beltway

[This post has been updated]

Post sports writer Gene Wang reports that handlers were trying to lure a loose ostrich back onto a truck after it somehow got a taste of freedom and decided to take a walk on the outer loop just past Connecticut Avenue Monday afternoon.

The incident happened about 2 p.m., and Wang witnessed it as he drove past. Wang didnt’ snap any pictures because he was focused on driving.

The ostrich was on the shoulder, and two handlers were trying to walk the bird back to a green flatbed truck, Wang says. As you can imagine, traffic in the right lane slowed considerably as drivers gawked at what was happening, he reports.

Law enforcement authorities and the Maryland State Highway Administration did not have any information on the ostrich or what happened to it. However, we can be certain it didn’t fly away.

Did you see the ostrich? Or snap a pic? Tweet @drgridlock or e-mail transportation@washpost.com.

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