Ostrich

FUN FACTS

Ostrich

  • South Africa has over 558 registered ostrich farms that slaughter over 300,000 birds a year.

  • The majority of their profit comes from the ostrich’s skin which can be made into leather.

  • Ostriches get most of their water needs from the plants they eat.

  • Their eggs weigh up to 3 pounds each and are delicious!

  • Lacking teeth, ostriches will swallow pebbles to grind their food.  An adult ostrich is usually carrying about 2.2 pounds of pebbles at any given time.

  • Ostriches have the largest eyes of any land animal including elephants!

  • Their eyes are larger than their brain.

  • Contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand.

  • They can live up to 45 years of age!