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Baseball team signs two… ostriches

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In one of the more bizarre deals of all time, a baseball team has decided to splash out on two ostriches to furnish their stadium.

Yes, it is true. The Reading Fightin Phils, from Reading in Pennsylvania, have reached an agreement with an ostrich farm in New Jersey which permits them to keep two of the birds.

The Minor League Baseball team are keen to give families the opportunity to "fall in love with both farming and baseball" through the presence of the giant African birds at the stadium. So, yes, entirely logical and relevant.

Fightin Phils General Manager Scott Hunsicker said: "Fans can now experience and learn about farming and these unique animals from Africa just by attending a Fightin Phils game.

"We hope that families can fall in love with both farming and baseball from the allure of these magnificent ostriches."

They are not the only sporting club to keep a bird or two in the stadium. Benfica's eagle sits in the Estadio da Luz on matchdays, while Rufus the hawk guards the grounds of Wimbledon tennis club to scare off pigeons.

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