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grawk [Jan. 24th, 2005|12:33 am]
The American Caliban
Trying to find information on chaptal’s discovery that some early silent film actor was murdered by ostriches, I located this instead.

June 30, 1999
The Associated Press
WINLOCK, Wash. -- The owner of an exotic animal farm has, according to this story, decided to keep the ostrich that killed her father over the weekend. Fred Parker, an 81-year-old man with heart trouble, was found dead Sunday night in the pen of 400-pound King Tut. Parker suffered a fractured neck, and a coroner concluded his bad heart probably contributed to the death. Parker’s daughter was cited as saying that she did not understand why her father, who had been left alone to feed the ostriches, emus, llamas and potbellied pigs on her exotic animal farm, was in the pen. But she did not blame the ostrich. Linda Carter was quoted as saying, “I have no intentions right now of destroying my ostrich because of my father’s death. The ostrich was protecting his domain. It’s just like any wild animal. You don’t go in a bear’s pen; you don’t go in an ostrich’s pen.”