Agence France-PresseApril 9, 2013 11:35
South African thieves are invading ostrich farms and poaching feathers from the giant birds, in a crime that has baffled local farmers, an industry chief said Tuesday.
"This started during the last six weeks," said Piet Kleyn, the chief of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber.
He said thieves sneaked up on the birds at night and plucked their feathers without using proper tools.
"The frightened birds are badly treated and some die because of the terrible injuries," Kleyn told AFP.