Woman Cuddles Large Ostrich in Incredible Viral Video

The best friendships are the ones that transcend our differences, and no pairing could illustrate this more than the closeness between one woman and her ostrich.

Posting to TikTok, Wendy Adriaens, known on the app as wendy_adriaens shared a clip of herself and one of her pet ostich's locked in an embrace.

The video begins with the Adriaens, who calls herself "The Ostrich Whisperer" standing in a muddy enclosure, holding aloft a large white blanket.

The huge bird can be seen walking towards her, before the camera cuts to her sat down and the animal lowering itself to sit opposite.

Adriaens, who is from Wuustwezel, Belgium then, edges closer, pulling the bird into an hug as the animal rests its long neck on her shoulder and she adorably strokes it.

She captioned the heartwarming post, which was shared on February 6, writing: "I so love my life #ostrich #cool #routine #coolbird."

The video, which can be watched here, has since been viewed a whopping 23.8 million times and surpassed 5.2 million likes.

Many people took to the comments section to share their views on the sweet footage.

One TikTok user, Ellie Dobleske, wrote: "No wait stop this is my favorite animal please can I say hi?"

Another person, Marina, added: "The most peaceful video I have ever seen. To behold the peace and beauty in this video is inspiring."

Shana Lacasse revealed: "I had never seen a relaxed ostrich until now impressive the connection you have."

Faith Daughtr typed: "The chicken over there like 'you wish that was you huh' ... but this is beautifulll."

Jayden Brewer gushed: "Chill I can't have every animal in the world," alongside a crying face emoji.

Jack Trades commented: "I'm sorry, the way his/her neck bent at the end, I laughed in awwww."

Externa gushed: "I had a dream I had my own ostrich last night ad this is on my fyp."

However, although Adriaens makes it look easy ostriches should be approached with caution.

The National Geographic describes the flightless birds as strong runners who can "sprint up to 43 miles an hour and run over distance at 31 miles an hour."

The publication adds: "An ostrich's powerful, long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet in a single stride. These legs can also be formidable weapons.

"Ostrich kicks can kill a human or a potential predator like a lion. Each two-toed foot has a long, sharp claw."

Recently another video of a human's close friendship with an animal went viral.

In footage posted to TikTok by Noah Holstock a French bulldog and a little girl can be snoozing side by side in an identical fashion.

When they are awoken their eyes widen in unison, and it makes for utterly adorable viewing.

Newsweek have contacted Adriaens for comment.

An ostrich
A stock image of a wild ostrich. In a heartwarming TikTok video a woman cuddles her very large pet bird. Getty Images