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    #61
    Originally posted by dalpal View Post
    It's called "THE SACRIFICAL SPOOK"...here, eat this instead.

    Bwwwwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling

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      #62
      I guess I have no sense of humor. I found it horrible and sad.

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        #63
        I started out laughing, then I heard the way the kid was crying, and when I saw the dad kick the bird I was really bummed.

        Granted, I probably would have tried to kick the bird too - BUT, my very much a beginner kid would not have been riding around on her own in a pasture with a loose whatever bird and donkey (was that a sheep or goat speaking up in the background?)!!

        FWIW, my younger daughter was 'goosed' in the stomach by a goose at the farm where we were boarding when she was about 4. It really did scar her. She's about to turn 17 and she recently brought that episode up, as she often has over the yeas. I'm sure it would have looked hilarious on video, but she was really frightened, and she still has a fear of geese.
        Y'all ain't right!

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          #64
          The bird was more punted than kicked.
          Birds can take a boot...how many roosters and geese have been punted like footballs across a barn yard only to come back for more? And those birds are a hella lot smaller than that rhea was!
          I got jumped by a swan trying to help out another wildlifer. Kicking, punching, running, shrieking and rolling on the swan didn't do much other than piss it off more. Not ashamed to say I lost the fight, and not from lack of trying. And while the swan qas pretty big, it wasn't as big as that rhea.
          And yeah, it was funny afterwards.
          Kids normally bounce back well. If the parents make a huge deal of something, the children will too. Kind of like when a toddler takes a tumble and sits looking like this for a few seconds; if the parent says, "ooh sweetie, are you okay?" in a worried voice the toddler bursts into tears. If the parent says, "Woopsie" in a laughing voice and swoops them off the floor, they giggle.
          My girls had their fair share of frights concerning animals and all sorts of things. Plenty of crying and shrieking has happened in the past. They grew out of it without emotional scars. And laugh about them.
          Will this child be horrified of rheas as it grows up? I'd doubt it...the child lives with a rhea as a pet. Both child and rhea will get over it most likely.
          And if nobody believes the story this child will tell over and over...the child has video proof!

          And I'm still laughing over the sacrifical spook...so very fitting for little evil ponies, LOL!
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          Hold onto the bridle!
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            #65
            I've always found geese to be among the scarier farm animals. They're as watchdoggy as dogs, but dumber, I thing.

            One of my cousins, who lives in the rickety remnants of one those old Soviet collective farms, once told me when I visited: there are two things to be afraid of on a (collective) farms: the cows, because they are dumb; and tractors drivers, because they are drunk.

            I know a real cattle person like Bluey may chime in, but one of my scarier experiences was driving through Belarus and getting stuck in the middle of a cattle drive crossing the road. Nothing happened, but I think I breathed once during the entire thing.

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              #66
              Originally posted by dizzywriter View Post
              I know a real cattle person like Bluey may chime in, but one of my scarier experiences was driving through Belarus and getting stuck in the middle of a cattle drive crossing the road. Nothing happened, but I think I breathed once during the entire thing.
              When I went to Spain, they herded the cows along the public roads (we were in the mountains). Apparently, cars are supposed to get out of the way, because as soon as one of the cows knocked the side mirror off the car, an old lady with a big stick literally started banging on our car and yelling at us.

              I'm not ashamed to say, I felt a little like the boy crawling away as fast as he could. On the inside of course though. There was no sissy screaming until she went away. I was afraid she'd beat me...

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                #67
                my two cents...

                this video probably made it to the net because all came out physically okay.

                I thought the little tyke on the pony was cute as hell.

                I think the rhea was just curious and following, even after tyke falls off. Hard to say what happened off camera.

                I think the adult could have run a litttlllllllleeee bit faster for pete's sake!

                And while the kid may or may not be mentally scarred, my parental heart still broke at the sound of the kid screaming and crying in fear. The kid was really scared!

                as a parent, I would protect my child from the bird too. But I also wouldn't have let the child ride in the pen with the bird either. I am admittedly over protective and don't often let my son do the stupid things my parents let me do or did with me as a kid.
                ...don't sh** where you eat...

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                  #68
                  Originally posted by vacation1 View Post
                  Ever bemused by the necessity of explaining some things - I'm creeped out when people laugh at other people or animals in fear, pain and/or physical distress. Maybe with the audio turned off the video was a different experience, but if you had the sound on, the kid was screaming, sobs clearly audible, and that was not funny at all.



                  Finally, someone takes that line of reasoning to its obvious conclusion.
                  I agree with this post, this was not funny at all. The pain and fear of another living creature is not something to be taken so lightly. You may have thought the child's fears were unsubstantiated, but if you listened to the audio, you could not have failed to understand that the terror was all too real for this little child. For those who were more concerned about the bird than the child, your concern was very ill-placed. The bird was booted away from the child, but one could plainly see that there was not much force to the man's kicks and as soon as the bird started moving away, the man stopped. The bird experienced very little pain or fear compared to what that child went through. The bird actually appeared to be physically attacking the child just as they went off screen to the left. The poor child's terrified sobs could still be heard even after the bird was hightailing itself away. This was clearly a situation where the adult who should have been responsible, failed the child, and then failed again by putting this on the internet for others to laugh at the child's fear.
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                    #69
                    Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                    Yep, stupid and dangerous. Agree 100% on that.

                    However that child will have the *best* "how I fell off" story ever...probably for life. S/he'll win every single "Well I came off for the weirdest reason" contest.
                    Attack By Ostrich is a story winner.

                    Yes. This.
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                      #70
                      You beat up us cute widdle swans? You big meanie.

                      I can tell from these posts how many of us have experience with wildlife and livestock. I'm with those who think the kid is going to have one helluva great story to tell as she gets older.

                      Alls well that ends well.

                      Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                      I got jumped by a swan trying to help out another wildlifer. Kicking, punching, running, shrieking and rolling on the swan didn't do much other than piss it off more. Not ashamed to say I lost the fight, and not from lack of trying. And while the swan qas pretty big, it wasn't as big as that rhea.
                      Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                      Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                      -Rudyard Kipling

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                        #71
                        LOL...no JSwan...*I* got my arse kicked by a swan! I fought back, but it definitely won. No need to go to the judges for the decision...it was strutting away chuckling and I was crawling through mucky weeds i the opposite direction swearing.
                        You jump in the saddle,
                        Hold onto the bridle!
                        Jump in the line!
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                          #72
                          Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                          Good grief, some of you really need to learn how to lighten up. I guess nothing bad ever happened to some of you when you were growing up.....something that seemed so horrible at the time, now you laugh when you think back to it. I am glad that I don't take every thing I see/hear so damn serious/personal
                          Except minor disagreements online, I guess?

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                            #73
                            Originally posted by ADM7040 View Post
                            I agree with this post, this was not funny at all. The pain and fear of another living creature is not something to be taken so lightly. You may have thought the child's fears were unsubstantiated, but if you listened to the audio, you could not have failed to understand that the terror was all too real for this little child. For those who were more concerned about the bird than the child, your concern was very ill-placed. The bird was booted away from the child, but one could plainly see that there was not much force to the man's kicks and as soon as the bird started moving away, the man stopped. The bird experienced very little pain or fear compared to what that child went through. The bird actually appeared to be physically attacking the child just as they went off screen to the left. The poor child's terrified sobs could still be heard even after the bird was hightailing itself away. This was clearly a situation where the adult who should have been responsible, failed the child, and then failed again by putting this on the internet for others to laugh at the child's fear.
                            My goodness, talk about overdramatizing.

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                              #74
                              Originally posted by ADM7040 View Post
                              I agree with this post, this was not funny at all. The pain and fear of another living creature is not something to be taken so lightly. You may have thought the child's fears were unsubstantiated, but if you listened to the audio, you could not have failed to understand that the terror was all too real for this little child. For those who were more concerned about the bird than the child, your concern was very ill-placed. The bird was booted away from the child, but one could plainly see that there was not much force to the man's kicks and as soon as the bird started moving away, the man stopped. The bird experienced very little pain or fear compared to what that child went through. The bird actually appeared to be physically attacking the child just as they went off screen to the left. The poor child's terrified sobs could still be heard even after the bird was hightailing itself away. This was clearly a situation where the adult who should have been responsible, failed the child, and then failed again by putting this on the internet for others to laugh at the child's fear.
                              For the record: I have known children who will react like this to; splinters, the thought of a shot, the sight of a spider, a vegetable on their plate or a simple skinned knee. To hear the cries of any of said children one would think they were being murdered, the career of a drama llama starts early.

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                                #75
                                Originally posted by lcw579 View Post
                                For the record: I have known children who will react like this to; splinters, the thought of a shot, the sight of a spider, a vegetable on their plate or a simple skinned knee. To hear the cries of any of said children one would think they were being murdered, the career of a drama llama starts early.
                                By the actions of the adult in this video, I doubt that he is a hovering "helicopter" parent that over coddles his child thus encouraging a "drama llama" attitude. I agree that there are plenty of children that will scream bloody murder over every little thing, but this video did not show something so simple. First, the child fell off her (very cute) pony who very well may have commited the "sacrificial spook" spoken of earlier. Then the already scared (and possibly injured) child was chased and pecked at by a very large bird. Multiple posters have attested to the fact that these large birds can be aggressive and cause serious injuries to an adult, let alone a small, scared child.

                                Obviously, I am not going to change anyone's mind who finds humor in this, that is their nature and they are entitled to their opinion. I wanted to voice my agreement with the others who did not find humor in the child's pitiful cries and sobs in a situation that could have turned out very poorly. I assume the child is alright and that this is not an anouncement that the errant parents are posting to notify friends and family of an upcoming funeral service. Again, I feel the worst person in this scenario is the adult who put the child in this situation to begin with and then posted the video for others to laugh at the child.
                                Last edited by ADM7040; Apr. 27, 2010, 11:18 AM. Reason: spelling
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                                  #76
                                  oh sheesh...

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                                    #77
                                    RANDOM DONKEY IS RANDOM.

                                    (Sorry, that was my honest-to-god reaction as the donkey just trots across there.)

                                    And admittedly I don't have a parental bone in my body and the few times as a kid I WASN'T told to suck it up I probably should have been, but while I felt a little uneasy for the rhea (they aren't THAT big, and those long neck bones are sensitive) the kid was crawling and obviously fine. If he was THAT scared he should get up and walk. If he can't walk, what's he doing riding unattended?

                                    For those unfamiliar with the birds, yes, that rhea was PISSED at the start. Though they aren't even as big and heavy as an emu, and are substantially less aggressive than an ostritch. I didn't really see the pony spook hugely, just the kid lose their balance and bounce off. Given I really wouldn't have a kid that small riding free I'm not surprised.

                                    And if you're wondering, besides having worked at a zoo, the barn I boarded at for years had emus and rheas, among other exotics. And my horse was far less bothered by seeing them every day than the dik diks (teenytiny antelope) and red deer, but then he was always very weird about deer in general.
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                                      #78
                                      Originally posted by Nin View Post
                                      I wonder if these things break down by who's a parent and who's not. Is it possible that the parents among us are more conscious of the child's fear and danger than the non-parents?
                                      Nope. I'm not a parent, by choice. I don't like any living thing, small or big, in fear, anguish or pain (kids, horses, adults, dogs, raccoons, you name it). You don't have to procreate to be empathetic.
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                                        #79
                                        Okay sorry but that was freakin hilarious!

                                        And no I don't agree the kid will be traumatized by it -

                                        In fact I think more kids are being traumatized by overprotective parents trying to wrap their kids in bubble wrap and thereby creating nervous wusses afraid of every bruise - (or possibility thereof) since they're not allowed to actually incur any bruises and live in the horror of such

                                        I suffered quite a bit from the latter kind of parenting myself, and thank my stars I managed to shake it off and find the courage to live, in spite of my upbringing. My parents *still* try to bubble wrap my life from afar, and I've learned just not to tell them about falling off horses, the fact that I still run miles a week in spite of threats that my knees will fall apart, and practice martial arts which incurs (gasp) bruises.

                                        To borrow from the movie "Auntie Mame" my code is "Live, LIVE, LIVE!!!" and I think the best parents share that attitude with their kids too.

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                                          #80
                                          I guess I'm going to hell, because I thought the video was hilarious.

                                          Oh, and I'm one of those kids who was 'traumatized' by a big, bad bird when I was around 6 y/o. It was a goose. I was TOLD not to go near it, but I wanted to see the pretty birdie. I got stuck in the mud and goose poop around its pen, and it bit the crap out of me. That's what I got for not listening to the adults!

                                          I'm not afraid of geese, but I sure won't challenge one in its own territory!
                                          Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.

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