Ostriches are more than just feathers for some Vegas showgirl's headpiece -- they're the ultimate thrill ride. There's nothing quite like jumping on the world's largest living bird and moving at speeds up to 40 mph. Tasmanian Shorty Smith is one of the few ostrich jockeys that can ride “featherback” and complete an entire race. In fact, there are few amateurs that can ride without falling off in the first 30 seconds.

Giddy up on the galloping bird and hang on for dear life: