Phil Pearce

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Ostrich

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Ostrich

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“Struthio Camelus”

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The Ostrich can’t fly but can’t half run fast!

It can run in short bursts of up to 43 miles per hour and can maintain 34 miles per hour for a sustained period. It is the fastest bird in the world.

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They measure between 2.1 to 2.8 metres in length

 They have a wingspan of 2 metres (6’7”)

They weigh in at between 62 and 145 kilos.

Their head is around 2.8m (9 feet)  above the ground.

They only have 2 toes with 10cm claws on each!

They lay the largest eggs in the world.

Each egg is 15cm long and weighs 1.5kg and would take 1 and a half hours to hard boil!

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They live for around 40 and 45 years.

It can kick with force powerful enough to kill a predator.

When threatened an Ostrich will lay its head on the floor.

From a distance it looks like it’s “burying its head”.

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