Hi, I am an Ostrich and you would find me in Africa or at a zoo. There are about 3 million of us in the world and we have been on this Earth for about 70 - 120 million years. I am also the largest bird in the whole wide world. I am also the heaviest and tallest bird in the world growing to 9 feet and weighing up to 320 lbs. I guess that is one reason I can’t fly. I am a male so, I would be called a Rooster, and a female is called a Hen. You cannot see my feet, but I only have two toes, and one claw on each foot. My eye is bigger than my brain, which is embarrassing to admit. I also have the largest eyes of any land animals. They are about 2 inches in diameter. That is 5 times bigger than a Humans.
I have long eyelashes which you see in my photo to help prevent sand entering. When I close my eyes the lower lid moves upwards. I also have a nictitating membrane inside which moves like a windscreen wiper to keep my eyes clean and moist. I love to eat insects, grass, fruit, flowers, roots and leaves. My long legs only know how to kick forwards. I can kick so hard that I could hurt someone, and I can kill a predator by kicking them too. Some people like eating me and my eggs. I figured out why people like eating my egg, because it weighs 3 pound and its about 6 inches long. They could have a lot of scrambled eggs that’s for sure. The next time you go to a zoo check me out, and see if I am 9 feet tall. I like coming around Humans to see if they have any treats for me. I Hope to see you one day!
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