First an ostrich, then a horse. We’re not sure what’s going to pop up next, but whichever animal you see on the road, please do not honk at it. This is to prevent the lost animal from panicking and getting out of control, the Wildlife Department advised.

Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) deputy director-general II, Fakhrul Hatta Musa said honking at the animal would cause it to be muddled, and that could be dangerous to both motorists and the animal.

“(Instead) when dealing with such a situation, the drivers should slow down their vehicles and help to save the animals by contacting the relevant authorities such as the PLUS hotline, Veterinary Services Department and Perhilitan itself for the next course of action,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

The Perhilitan man was commenting on recent incidents caught on camera and viewed by millions on Facebook. Chickaboo the ostrich needs no introduction (screengrab above is from BFM’s video of Jeff Sandhu, the man who shot the original video, visiting the big bird at its new home), and the Federal Highway incident was followed three days later by a horse galloping down Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra in Kota Bharu.

Fakhrul Hatta said the incidents were due to negligence of the animals’ owners, and that they could be sued if it involved accidents. “The licensed owner or breeder must adhere to the stipulated guidelines in securing the animal in a safe place,” he said. Remember, don’t honk and safety first.