Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : What does a Realtor and an Ostrich Have in Common? Huntsville Texas can answer that!

What does a Realtor and an Ostrich Have in Common? Huntsville Texas can answer that!

What does a Realtor and an Ostrich Have in Common? Huntsville Texas can answer that! 

Texas rural roads are an interesting drive. Here in Walker County we have wildlife on the ground like we have birds in the air! Lots of wildlife...did I mention lots and lots? Yes, bunches. I was returning from a home tour out by the lake and had the pleasure of driving back from the Lake Livingston area on Hwy 980. Our National Forest and highly protected area is thousands of acres along this road. It's a very beautiful drive. 

I was coming around the corner when I saw something that made my mouth drop.

Right there in the middle of 980 was an Ostrich!  A very big one! The best I could tell he was quite lost and displaced (duh).

This is the Ostrich I saw. I panicked! I attempted to pull to the side of the road and get out to help the Ostrich. He would see me coming and run and run and run. Now with large trucks and type A Realtors driving this road I was very concerned. It wouldn't be like running into an armadillo...or a squirrel. This bird could cause a major accident.

 

911...911...911...911...yes, I did. I didn't know what else to do!

 I kept driving up and down the highway trying to get Mr. Ostrich to go back through the

 fence into the National Forest!ostrich.gif image by dabydoll

 

They answered...she made me repeat it three times. "I'm on highway 980 and there is an Ostrich running all over the road and it's a very big bird"

...I then hear laughing in the background.

 

Is 911 suppose to laugh at you?

 

They patiently explained to me that there were no Ostriches in the National Forest...I said "no, it's on 980." I did the best to explain where I was and they were sending an officer. About that time I was finally able to get my Ostrich to re-enter the proper gated area and he went bounding into the National Forest.

 Whew! That was so close. I called 911 yet again and told them the crisis was over. At that time they informed me that I had seen an Emu...an EMU. They thought I was really funny thinking it was an Ostrich.emu

 

I was a bit embarrassed but hey...don't you think they look alike?? Wouldn't you worry if one was running up and down and across the highway? I'm a very displaced city girl here...but I love it.

 

 

This is the Texas Emu.

 

 

Below we have the Ostrich...Ostrich

 

Now, granted I had never heard of an Ostrich in Texas but don't you agree they look pretty much alike?

 

Lessons learned:

1. There are no wild Ostriches in Texas.

2. If you see an Ostrich in the middle of the road and you dial 911...

call it an Emu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later in the rain~Deb

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Comment balloon 33 commentsDeb Brooks • August 26 2008 05:45PM

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Man, that would sure take a big oven on Thanksgiving----do a pretty good number on your car too!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Charles, it certainly would! Would you have known that bird was an Emu? It made me feel a little silly but hey, I may have saved some lives! Certainly the Emus. I would run out of recipes to put all that meat to good use!

Thanks for stopping by and later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Well I did know it wasn't an Ostrich---but I was about to start Googling, to see if I could figure it out, when I got to the part of your blog where you said it was an Emu:)  I would have called 911 too.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Deb, I'm ROFLMAO...what a funny, funny story.  You certainly have interesting experiences on and around Lake Livingston!!!   I would have thought it was an Ostrich too -- we have many "exotic animal ranches" around San Antonio and the Hill Country -- I wonder if any of them have an Ostrich (what's the plural of Ostrich?).  I'll google it!   :)

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 10 years ago

Charles, thanks. I feel a little better. They got a good laugh...I felt like sticking my head in the sand. Oh well, oh well. I'm glad you would have called!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Deb, I would have called 911 too -- I can see you running around trying to chase the "Ostrich/Emu" back into the forest!   :)

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 10 years ago

JuJu, I was concerned about the plural also...spell check told me I was okay with it. BTW, this is not the only experience I have had. More stories to come. So, what about the wedding? Hummmm?
Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Deb, I'm looking forward to more stories.  :)   I'm still recovering from the wedding!!!  Lots of pictures on my camera and computer to go through.  3 straight nites of parties -- 2 of them on the Riverwalk and then, of course, the wedding!  I will get a post written about it, have to put a slide show together. 

Keep your funny and interesting posts coming. . .   :)

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 10 years ago

DEB, that is TOO FUNNY!!  I have to admit I have never seen a wild Emu before so I could easily have made the same mistake.  I didn't even know we ha Emu's.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Deb, I am so glad that crazy things happen to other people too.  I wish I could have been there to see.  Where is the video camera when you need it?  It would have made for a great video blog!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 10 years ago

JuJu, not to worry! They're coming. I am looking forward on being caught up with you. Call me this week.

Marchel, closing is on Thursday afternoon at 4:00. Cool? I didn't know what one looked like! Who would've thunk it?

Cristal, tell us about your crazy things too! And, you're right, where was my camera??? I was just too worried about getting run over by trucks and that stupid bird!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

HI DEB!

I can just see you out there, trying to get a great shot for your blog!!!  Their defense it pecking isn't it?

Be careful or be pecked!!

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) about 10 years ago

Deb, we actually have a few Emus down the road from where I live in the woods. They do look quite strange. I love how you told this story.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Deb, so this is what I come back to? lol.  What a great, funny story!!!!!  I loved the picture of the ostriches face.  I can just see you trying to chase that bird off the highway. 

By the way, I have seen Ostriches in College Station, so it didn't seem to unreasonable to think you might have them in Huntsville.  Granted, the ones I saw were at the Vet School.  Seems like people have tried raising them and the emus  a few years back.  Are you really sure that it wasn't an ostrich?  Someone might have turned it loose because they couldn't sell it. 

Regardless, GREAT story. 

 

 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

Yvette, It gets a little wild around here...especially since everything is suppose to be simpler in the country. I don't buy that!

Gary, I'm not so sure that it wasn't an Ostrich! In my mind it certainly was! It didn't look dark like that Emu thing...

Sondra! You're home! Welcome back my dear. How was it? Is your son happy and are you happy? Was it intimidating? Is he signed up and in already? What's happinin? Catch us up. We are glad you're back safe and sound. We want lots of pictures....got it?

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Deb, will call you this week.  It's busy, another possible listing (thanks to AR), final walk-thru at 6:00 tomorrow evening -- closing at 4:30 on Thurs.   Hey Deb, I bought a FLIP Camera last week -- would have been fun (funny) to be with you and be able to video you running around trying to get the ostrich/emu back into the fores!!!!   LMAO just thinking about it!   :))))

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 10 years ago

Jude, I would love to have a flip cam! Do you love it? Is it easy to work? Personally I'm glad you weren't there with it! You could be there but leave the camera behind! Ha! We'll talk.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

LOL, I played with it a little, but deleted the few things I recorded during the pre-wedding parties.  It is very easy to use.  I plan to play with it more and hope to have something to share -- need another week or so. 

 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 10 years ago

Hi Deb,   So glad I read this blog   LOL   This is so funny.  I have a good imagination and I can see it all now.  The picture you took, he looks so cute and lost :(.  Glad you took the time to help out.  I would have done the same thing :)

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source (CastNet Realty) about 10 years ago

Deb, this is the funniest thing I've read all day!!!  Now you KNOW you are a blogger when you are not only chasing wild birds around the highway, but stopping to take a picture along the way :)

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 10 years ago

I pictured the whole event unfold in my mind as I read it...and you looked funny out there on your phone chasing the bird.

Great story!

Posted by Scott Comey (RE/MAX Elite) about 10 years ago

Deb - I would have called 911 but I certainly would not have approach such a big bird.  Glad there was a happy ending.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago

Deb,
You are a brave (?) soul, I've heard these birds can get pretty nasty!  We never know what we encounter in our days, makes life pretty interesting, doesn't it?  Love the photos, keep the camera handy--commandment #1 of a blogger.

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 10 years ago

Deb - There is an emu farm not too far from our house, so I have seen them a few times when I drive by there.  However, I probably would have freaked out and called it an ostrich, too!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago

LOL.  that is hilarious...well I'm in Corpus Christi Tx but I thought an Emu was one of those sheep looking things with long necks. 

Whoops, okay nevermind !  Now I'm embarrassed my daughter just informed me that was lama I was thinking about. 

Okay now you don't have to feel so bad, at least you were in the bird category. 

Posted by Tiffany Burke (Group one real estate) about 10 years ago
This is s great story.  I can imagine how shocked you were to see an ostrich (emu)on the freeway. You responded admirably.  Congratulations!
Posted by Nancy Morgan (Century 21, Carole Realty) about 10 years ago

Great story telling and very funny. I used to be a 9-1-1 operator (offcially how it is to be written in case someone can't find the "11" button on the phone). Yes 9-1-1 operators are supposed to laugh at you. They record the calls so they can share them with operators on other shifts and get more laughs out of it. The PC thing to do is to mute the phone so you, the caller, can't hear them laughing.

Posted by Rick Trowe, Go With Trowe (Cerium Learning) about 10 years ago

What a great--and hilarious--story! The mental image of you chasing an emu around is priceless!

Thanks for sharing...

Posted by Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains! (Century 21 In the Mountains) about 10 years ago

Great story!  Reminds me of the time I called 911 locally and told them there was an alligator in the tree next door ( I live in St. Joseph Michigan) .  They responded with chuckles and sent over the cruiser, a fire truck and an ambulance while we all rescued a pet lizard!  A LARGE pet lizard stuck in the tree!  We still laugh about that one around here.

Doreen Johan Selling Southwestern MIchigna Homes one at at Time.  www.johanrealestate.com  RE/MAX Sunset Coast

Posted by Doreen Johan, Sunset Coast Michigan (RE/MAX Sunset Coast) about 10 years ago

Oh Deb, That's so funny, that ostrich face looks like a guy I had a blind date with years and years ago.....boy what a night that was, I never agreed to a blind date again.

Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) about 10 years ago

Deb - I totally would have made the same mistake. The poor EMU. Can you imagine if he'd heard them laughing at his quandry!?!?!?! I will definetely take notice and call the animal the right name if I have to call it in.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 10 years ago

Oh Deb - This is just so funny - hey I would have thought it was an ostrich, I didn't know they even had emus in TX. Doreen -  an alligator in a tree (in Michigan, no less, maybe in FL but Michigan!) LOL.  There's no wildlife this fun in NC. :)

Posted by Linda Breeding (Keller Williams Realty ) about 10 years ago

Ricki, I wish we were closer together ya know? I'll bet we could fill our time with some laughs.

Lisa, I may look silly but I carry the thing to the grocery store too!

Scott, Thanks alot Scott. Yes, I imagine I did. At the time I felt the need. Go figure...

Jennifer, He was more afraid of me than I was of him...my brain may be smaller...

Cynthia, You aren't kidding. He was just too scared to be mean. Really. I felt sorry for him.

Jason, Yea, I knew about Emus but I, like Tiffany thought the same thing!

Tiffany, Yep, me too. That's why I never thought that wouldn't be an Ostrich, Thanks... ;-)

Nancy, Don't you mean I'm a little nuts?

Rick, OMG, they recorded my call? Ugh. How embarrassing! wow...I hope they had a good laugh!

Kim, Thank you. Priceless? Maybe. I didn't like being alone. All those trucks honking and stuff.

Doreen, That's a blog! Write it up for the Diary girl! That's a winner! I love it. Makes me feel better.

Jacqueline, I'm trying to envision that. Hummm...poor baby. You are so lovely! What were they thinking?

Lindsey, I don't doubt you would have made the same mistake. I'm sorry you were'nt with me! We could've herded him back in without the 9-1-1 call!

Linda, gee, you make us all sound crazy! ;-)

Later in the rain~Deb

 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

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