Why an ostrich can be very dangerous when it attacks?


Picture of an angry ostrich.

Why ostrich attacks are dangerous?


Ostriches have aggressive manners, especially in their natural habitat.

The males fight with one another at the least provocation, especially during the breeding season.

Their kicking power is tremendous.

If irritated by a human and afforded the opportunity, an ostrich’s toe can rip open the individual’s chest and stomach with one blow.

When in a belligerent mood, cocks can be quite reckless.

Consider this story of a cock that saw a train coming down a slope at full speed.

He got onto the track and advanced to fight the foe.

As the engine approached, he kicked.

But, alas! It was his last kick.

Although these birds are so pugnacious, there is one thing that will make a charging ostrich stop and think—a thorn branch.

Fear that his large, delicate eyes will be scratched on the long, sharp thorns will make him hold back and keep his distance.

Ostrich farmers often use thorn branches to control their birds.

When egg-laying begins, the cock and his hen (or hens, for he often is polygamous, especially in the wild) take turns at sitting on the eggs.

The hens, with their duller plumage that blends well with the surrounding terrain, take the “day shift.”

On the other hand, the cocks, with their black plumage work the “night shift.”

What excellent camouflage provided for these birds!

If enemies appear, the adult birds have the built-in ability to feign either death or injury to lure the foe away from the nest.

 An ostrich may pretend to have an injured leg and may stumble along pathetically, or it may lie so quietly in a death-like state that the enemy is deceived.

If a predator comes near when the bird is on the nest, it will lay its head on the ground so that its rounded body looks just like an anthill.

It is thought that the fallacy that an ostrich buries his head in the sand derives from this habit.