The “ostrich whisperer” is Wendy Adriaens, the proprietor of the animal rescue farm De Passiehoeve.
Wendy has an astonishing 1.1 million followers on TikTok, where she publishes videos of her large rescue birds in their daily life. She frequently shares content about her large rescue birds.
Many of her videos show her cuddling up to the strong ostriches, which are nonetheless ranked as one of the six most dangerous birds in the world by Encyclopaedia Britannica despite not being known for attacking people until provoked.
Wendy and her husband have lived in Wuustwezel in the Belgian province of Antwerp for many years and have previously adopted three ostrich chicks.
She decided to adopt them after learning that one-day-old chicks are occasionally shipped to meat farms, according to a GoFundMe website set up to raise money for the couple to improve the farm they had bought.
“At that time, I only had two dogs and a few chickens,” she wrote.
“After conducting the necessary investigation with my husband, we discovered that, given the room we had at the time, we could rescue three of them. Thus, we did.
This choice led Wendy to discover her life’s work, which she describes as “rescuing animals from neglect, abuse, accidents, and killing.”
After having her beloved children marry my husband, of course, she resigned her day job and now devotes her time to caring for the animals and birds she saves, calling it “the best choice I have ever made.”
A small admission fee is requested from visitors to the farm in order to help Wendy purchase the supplies the animals require to live happy and healthy lives.
Some of the creatures have long-term relationships with her, while others find new, permanent homes elsewhere.
These images show her with the now three-year-old male ostrich Flodder.
After Wendy relocated to the larger farm in January, Flodder and Wendy were separated for seven months.
In an effort to diffuse the tension between him and another guy, Blue, who were engaging in risky bouts, he spent seven months at another farm.