By Andy Campbell
Technology has come a long way.
Dutch artist Bart Jansen is at the forefront of the technological world, obviously, because he takes creepy taxidermy and turns it into workable helicopters. He has already mastered the catcopter, which he named "The Orvillecopter," after the famous aviator Orville Wright. He's even made roadkill rats soar.
Jansen is having a hard time getting his ostrich to really take flight. He's been working on the OstrichCopter for more than a year, and he can get it a few feet off the ground. But it's difficult to lift a 9-foot-long, 46-pound bird with four small rotors.
Editor's Note: Some readers will find taxidermy helicopters disturbing. It's important to note that all of Jansen's taxidermic animals died of natural causes, or in the cat's case, by a car. He maintains that he hasn't had any part in the animals' deaths, and notes, "For the cat lovers: It is a tanned hide, just like the shoes you're wearing."
Though he gets plenty of jeers over his death-defying device, it's all in good fun.
“Ostriches don’t fly and the whole challenge was to make it fly just because it doesn't,” Jansen said in a recent interview. “So there’s not much reason to it, really."
He said the ostrich died at an ostrich farm. Video.