True or False?
Okay, we have all see those silly cartoons where the ostriches bury their heads in the sand, but in real life, that simply does not happen. Ostriches never stick their head in the sand, or the ground. And, there is no way that they could force their head into the ground, even if it was just sand.
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!
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 it. Because their heads and necks are lightly colored, they blend in with the colour of the soil. So, from a distance it may look like the ostrich buried its head, because only the body is visible.
It is thought that this myth may have come from Roman writer, Pliny the Elder, who suggested that ostriches hid their heads in bushes. This idea, and this story are false. Ostriches, which often grow to stand between seven and nine feet tall, are not silly enough to hide their head in bushes either!
True Or False? Ostriches bury their heads when in danger.