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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Facts About Ostriches

Ostriches are mainly found in the open dry grasslands of East Africa, South Africa and in some parts of Sahara. Ostriches are the member of ratite family of birds. You must have often heard about ostriches but there are many facts about ostriches which you might not know. A fact about ostriches is that it is the largest living bird. Its height is about 8 feet and it weighs between 140 to 230 pounds (63-105 Kg). Another fact about ostriches is that they are the second fastest animal on the land and can run at a speed of 40 miles per hour (64 Km per hour) and can maintain this speed for about 30 minutes. A very interesting fact about ostriches is that they can’t fly.

A fact about ostriches tells us that it has the best feed to weight ratio gain amongst the other entire land animal on the Earth. A fact about ostriches relating to their farming is that they are successfully farmed in at least 50 countries of the world- from the coldest climate of Alaska to the equatorial regions of Central Africa. Another interesting fact about ostriches is that they are considered to be the one of the oldest species on the Earth. They first existed about 120 millions years ago. A very surprising fact about ostriches is that a fully grown ostrich have the most advanced immune system known to mankind.

A fact about ostriches very useful for leather industry is that they produce the strongest commercially available leather in the world and also one of the most beautiful feathers. A fact about ostriches relating to their meat is that their meat is red which is very low in cholesterol, calories and is almost fat free. Another useful fact about ostriches is that they are not an endangered species and about 2 million ostriches can be found worldwide.

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