Do Ostriches Actually Bury Their Heads?
Okay, we’ve all see those silly cartoons where the ostriches bury their heads in the sand, but in real life that simply doesn’t happen. Ostriches never stick their head in the sand, or for that matter, the ground. And there’s no way that they could force their head into the ground even if it was just sand.
Think About It
Think about it. The only way it could be done is if they dug a hole, put their head in it, then covered it with dirt. Despite what some people may think, ostriches are not stupid enough to think that if they can’t see an attacker, an attacker can’t see them. Ostriches will do what any smart person or other critter would do if it was attacked, run like heck!
Looks Can Be Deceiving
When ostriches find themselves in danger and cannot run away (which is rare), they will flop to the ground and remain very still with their head and neck extended flat on the ground in front of them. Because their heads and necks are lightly colored, they blend in with the color of the soil. So, from a distance it may look like the ostrich buried its head because only the body is visible.
The Bird In The Bush Myth
It’s thought that this myth may have come from Roman writer, Pliny the Elder, who suggested that ostriches hid their heads in bushes. Ostriches, which often grow to stand between seven and nine feet tall, are not silly enough to hide their head in bushes either!
So, the answer to the question “Is it true or false that ostriches bury their heads when in danger?” is that it’s FALSE
This one has been around for awhile but it’s still funny.
A man walks up to the bar with an ostrich behind him, and as he sits
down, the bartender comes over and asks for their order.
The man says, “I’ll have a beer,” and turns to the ostrich. “What’s
yours?” “I’ll have a beer, too” says the ostrich. The bartender pours
the beer and says,”That will be $3.40 please.” The man reaches into his
pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.
The next day, the man and the ostrich come again, and the man says,
“I’ll have a beer,” The ostrich says, “I’ll have the same.” Once again
the man reaches into his pocket and pays with the exact change.
This becomes a routine until, late one evening, the two enter again.
“The usual?” asks the bartender. “Well, it’s close to last call, so
I’ll have a large scotch,” says the man. “Same for me,” says the
“That will be $7.20” says the bartender. Once again the man pulls exact
change out of his pocket and places it on the bar. The bartender can’t
hold back his curiosity any longer.So he askes the fellow how come he always has the exact change in his pocket.
“Well I found this bottle with a genie in it and he gave me two wishes. I asked that whenever I want to buy something, I’ll always have the money. So whether it’s a beer or a car, i reach in and there is the exact money.”
“Wow, that was smart.”said the Bartender. “Most guys would have asked for a million and then blew it!” Now you will alawys have all the money you need! So whats with the ostrich?”
“Well for my second wiah I asked for a chick with long legs.” 🙂
Sorry the Punch line should read:
“Well for my second wish I asked for a chick with long legs that always agrees with me”.