Runaway ostrich Chickaboo an Internet sensation


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 Jun 2016

PETALING JAYA: Chickaboo, the runaway ostrich, has left the Federal Highway and straight into our hearts.

The ostrich fugitive who made her great escape out a Toyota Hilux's open window as she was being transported to an ostrich farm, has become an Internet sensation.

Although Chickaboo has been rescued and is now enjoying her new home in Ostrich Wonderlands,the bird has continued its streak across social media.

Many brands and businesses rode the ostrich wave by featuring Chickaboo in their advertisements.

Malaysian pro racer Leona Chin also shared a picture of Chickaboo in her Mitsubishi Triton on her Facebook page Girl Drifter Leona Chin.

"Why be on the road when you can ride a #Triton? My new travelling partner," she wrote.


Chickaboo also paid a visit to Hamley's Malaysia, with the toystore sharing a photo of a ostrich plush at one of its stores.

Chickaboo also became the new face for E Image Aesthetic's latest ad for eyelash extensions.

"Let's face it! Get your eyelashes extension as long like ostrich," captioned E Image Aesthetic.

Huawei featured Chickaboo in their Facebook ad that highlighted Huawei P9's sharp camera autofocus.

"Don't let a great shot fly by! Moving targets are not a "bird-en" with the Huawei P9’s speedy, laser sharp autofocus," wrote Huawei in the ad's caption.

"Why be on the road when you can fly," questioned Firefly Airlines in their Chickaboo-themed Facebook ad.

The airline also told its customers not to "bury your head in the sand" and check out their website.

Training.com Asia showcased its defensive driving training with an ad featuring an ostrich running in front of a truck, with the words: "Anything can happen. Learn Defensive Driving."

The brand captioned their ad with: "Handling heavy commercial vehicles on a daily basis? Learn to protect yourself and others by attending Defensive Driving Training."

Domino’s meanwhile promoted their two pizza deal for Ramadan, with an ostrich carrying pizzas.

"No wonder Chickaboo can run so fast, it wants to go home to break fast," captioned Domino's on its Facebook page.

Sepang International Circuit meanwhile reminded people to race at the right place and not the highway or on the roads. It had a picture of an Ostrich running on a section of its track.

Pos Malaysia also jumped into the ostrich bandwagon with their ad featuring an ostrich at the post office, with details in regards to its new working hours for the month of Ramadan.

Score Run questioned why the ostrich crossed the highway in their ad for their "Super Early Bird promotion".

"Did you manage to catch a glimpse of the running ostrich? If not, you should get your eye check at any nearest Optical 88," wrote Optical 88 Malaysia on their Facebook ad.

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