Guillermo García Frías has caused the start of a new wave of exiles

Guillermo García Frías, 91, a former comrade-in-arms of the late leader Fidel Castro, recommended the ostrich as a nutritious supplement to the Cuban diet.

Time to leave!

In fact, he said on state television, it could produce “more than a cow”, raising more than a few eyebrows across the communist-ruled country and leading to ridicule on social media.

He made the suggestion as director of Cuba’s National Flora and Fauna company, which raises ostriches and experiments with other farming ideas in an attempt to resolve one of the Cuban socialist economy’s most enduring headaches: shortages of basic food, such as meat, milk and eggs.

The white-haired comandante, who appeared in his olive-green military uniform, also suggested that Cubans consider adding two local species to their menu – the crocodile and the jutía (hutia), an edible rodent also known as the “banana rat”.

The Twilight Zone has arrived in Cuba. How long will these ridiculous harebrained ideas continue to be accepted?

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