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The Pathfinder Ostrich Farm was established in 1992 as a family business in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

The ostriches led a charmed life as the enthusiastic farmer wrestled with contemporary bureaucracy, and then decided to call it a day.

They were moved to Castle Beeny Farm in sunny Cornwall, with a new rearing infrastructure including incubators and hatchers. The birds have special field shelters and substantial field space to explore and free graze in addition to enjoying a premium grade diet.

Sadly bureaucracy is still not having a positive impact on their future. And as they have a possible lifespan in excess of 60 years, one wonders what rules they will be further subjected to during the remainder of their lives!

The flock at present comprises a handsome male called George (Clooney), and females Matty, Pippa, and young Duck Face.

A truism is found in Peter Watts's Chinese Proverb: Person who farms ostrich is going to make feathers.