By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Oh, what you don't know about ostriches. David Brust, whose uncle founded the Indian Point Ostrich Ranch, shared facts Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox." The ranch is celebrating its 21st anniversary.
"Ostriches are remarkable animals. Paleontologists have actually traced them back about 225 million years ago," Brust said. It's believed they developed feathers to survive the Ice Age.
The largest ostrich at the ranch stands about 9 and a half feet tall and weighs about 500 pounds, Brust said. He is from Tanzania, and his name is Bubba.
Ostriches are the fastest animals on two legs, and can reach speeds of 45 mph, Brust said.
They don't have teeth. Their brains are about the size of a pea. Their meat is 98 percent fat-free.
They produce the largest eggs on earth -- one ostrich egg is the equivalent of about 20 to 24 chicken eggs, Brust said.
The celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the ranch, 28101 Giraudo Road in Tehachapi. There will be a chance to feed the ostriches.
"It is really a fascinating place to go. It is a really fun time," simulcast host Scott Cox said.