“I don’t know, it should have been here 10 minutes ago” I answered.
We were waiting for the mail train, the name of the passenger train, at Mbizi station. The mail was coming from Lorenzo Marques in Portuguese East Africa and was hardly ever late as it had precedence over all other trains except a breakdown train.
Ten minutes later the mail arrived. I asked the driver why they were late and he replied, “Go look in the guards van”
When I opened the door of the van to the luggage department I was greeted by about 50 screeching young ostriches.
The train had run into some ostriches on the line and had killed a few including the mothers of the young chicks.
They stopped and everyone on the train jumped out and helped catch the chicks, as they would have died without mothers.
The train went on to Bulawayo where a bird sanctuary owner, Viv Wilson was waiting to take them all to the safety of his farm.
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