Can Ostriches Swim?


  • Although ostriches are the largest and heaviest of birds, they can swim
  • As with other birds, their hollow bones and feathers help keep them buoyant
  • Most of their body is submerged when they swim, with just a small portion of their back and their long neck and head out of water
  • Wild ostriches have been spotted swimming in the sea off South Africa
  • Powerful leg muscles that can deliver the kind of kick that can kill a lion also come in handy during the freestyle

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Ostriches swim! (authoratitive piece from USA Today)
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