Fast Facts: Ostrich (Part 1)

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope!

I’m Carl Kerby. Today, were looking at the largest running bird in the world – the ostrich. 

While it is no surprise this Goliath 9-foot, 350-pound bird cannot fly it can run – and fast – clocking between 40–60 miles per hour when sprinting, That’s twice as fast as Usian Bolt! Covering 10–16 feet in a single stride of its long legs, is it any wonder the ancient Egyptians used these speedy birds to pull chariots?  

This strength of the ostrich lies in its powerful thighs, strong feet, and versatile wings.  These wings balance them while they run and outmaneuver predators. And they are useful in other ways too – fancy courtship dancing, fans for the summer heat, and even to cover their legs for warmth in winter.

Check back with our next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope as we discover more on the incredible ostrich and until then… stay bold!

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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