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The ostrich is known for its long neck and legs as well as being a dumb bird that drives its head into the ground when it is scared. First off, I am here to say that an Ostrich slamming its head into the ground is actually a myth and was actually a saying created in ancient Rome to describe someone that is avoiding their problems. Ostriches are known however for being a flightless species of bird that and is actually the largest bird in the entire world! An adult male can stand approximately 9.2 feet tall, which is almost the size of a basketball hoop.
When it comes to digestion these birds are pretty interesting. These massive birds have three stomachs that mechanically and chemically digest nutrients. When the nutrients are fully digested the Ostrich performs excretion and micturition. Unlike, all other birds, the ostrich produces urine to be excreted separately from the feces. Even though these birds do not have teeth, you should still not try to outrun them. With their long legs and muscular body, they can reach speeds of up to 45 mph!
One of the funniest things to ask people is, what gender is a cow? For someone that does not know the answer, they might look at you puzzled and confused. Is there an answer to this? Yes!! The term cow refers to the female cattle. The word Cow has been normalized to use for most things that look like cows. So, what is a male cow called? A male cow is called a bull and does not produce milk like its female counterpart. There are many species of cattle throughout the world including the Eurasian cattle, European cattle, and Taurine cattle.
Cattle are modern species and have not been around for thousands of years like sharks for example. These herbivores have been bred in captivity to express large mammalian glands for milk production and large bodies for meat consumption. It can be presumed that if they were to evolve in the wild that they might become slimmer and faster animals that can evade predators. One of their adaptations is their vision. Cattle have a field of view of almost 360 degrees but, have trouble seeing straight in front of them.