Kabul the Emu defends my life against Sexy Sexy Sniper the Ostrich. :) What a brave little Emu. Shame on you, Sniper. People are not for eating.
Joking aside, Sniper was just pecking at me curiously. It doesn’t hurt and he wasn’t really trying to hurt me. Maybe just nibble on me a little…
Ostriches are found in Africa and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, including extreme heat. Because they’re from the desert ostriches are okay with losing up to 25% of their body weight to dehydration before becoming ill. In fact, their Latin name is Struthio camelus, after the camel. Ostriches do not bury their head in the sand, instead when threatened they run- up to 45 miles per hour. Failing that they deliver a powerful forward kick that can easily kill a lion.
Fun ostrich facts!
– Ostriches are the world’s largest bird.
– Ostriches have THREE stomachs.
– Ostriches have THREE sets of eyelids
– Ostriches are the ONLY bird with two toes.
– Ostriches can’t fly, but they can run 45 MPH.
– Ostriches are the fastest animal on two legs.
– Ostriches have the largest eyes of any land animal.
– Ostriches are huge: between 200-300 pounds and around 7-9 feet tall.
– Ostriches don’t have teeth, they have to swallow rocks to grind their food.
– Ostriches live in groups led by a dominate male.
– Ostriches are omnivores and will eat just about anything.
– Ostriches are from Africa, but originally were found in the Middle-East, too.
The emu is the second largest bird on the planet, standing nearly 6 tall, and weighing up to 120 pounds. Emus cannot fly but they are fast runners – up to 30 mph. Surprisingly, they are also strong swimmers. Some scientists consider emus to be living dinosaurs because their bones and joints are similar. Their ability to store fat allows them to go without food for long periods of time. Emus can defend themselves with tremendously powerful forward kicks. They eat great quantities of caterpillars, grasshoppers, and masses of the burrs that tangle sheep wool, which makes them helpful to farmers.