Farm visitors get up-close introduction to ostriches

CANADA - As farm animals go, the ostrich is probably the most unusual you'll encounter.

The world's largest birds, they grow between six and nine feet tall (1.8 to 2.7 metres), and weigh between 250 and 350 pounds (113 to 158 kilograms).

They carry themselves with an almost regal air: their muscular legs pumping like pistons, their heads held aloft on long, fuzzy necks, nodding high above mounds of fluffy feathers.

Depending how you look at them, they can appear disdainful or smiling, their three pairs of eyelids blinking under long lashes.

About 70 of these creatures inhabit White Rock Ostrich Farm near Rockwood. And when guests see them for the first time, farm co-owner Deborah Simmonds loves hearing their reactions.

Source: The Record
calendar icon 17 July 2006
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