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Friday, Jun 21 2013 12:04 PM

'First Look': Celebrate 21st anniversary of ostrich ranch

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    David Brust of the Indian Point Ostrich Ranch talks about the 21st anniversary of the ranch and a celebration happening Saturday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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    A curious ostrich mugs for the camera at Indian Point Ostrich Ranch in Tehachapi.

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    Children participate in ostrich bonding, in which they feed the hungry birds alfalfa pellets, at Indian Point Ostrich Ranch.

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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.

 

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