We headed out to the Cango Ostrich Farm today to learn about these interesting birds.
It takes 42 days for an ostrich to hatch. Here I am holding an "early bird" which hatched in 41 days. It is only 1 day old!
This is Betsy who is 6 years old.
Emues from Australia...
This is Adam who is 27 years old. Ostriches are the largest birds in the world.
I should have paid more attention to this sign!!!
Here I am trying to get on the ostrich to ride it bare back. No one in our small group wanted to ride the ostrich but me. I obviously had no idea what to expect!!
I still had no idea what I was in store for....
Still...no idea what was going to happen...
The ostrich takes off....notice my hair...luckily you can't hear the words coming out of my mouth!!!
The ostrich trainers running full speed along side of me....
A few facts that I wish I knew before I got on the ostrich:
1. Ostriches are the fastest 2 footed runners IN THE WORLD!!! They reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour and can maintain this speed for 30 minutes!
2. Ostriches are between 6' and 10' in height and weigh as much as 340 pounds.
3. Ostriches were occasionally used for riding in ancient Egypt however this practice never really took off because of their NASTY TEMPERMENT!!!
Peter, our guide....
Tom standing on ostrich eggs. Ostrich eggs are incredibly strong since they have to support the weight of an ostrich (340 pounds) while it sits on them until they hatch.
Tom is holding an ostrich egg. An ostrich egg is equal to 24 chicken eggs so you'd better be really hungry if you order an ostrich omelette!
After I recovered from my insane ostrich ride, we headed over to Cango Caves.
The Cango Caves were "discovered" in 1780. However, the caves were used by the Bushman since the Early Stone Age. Cango in Khoi means water between 2 mountains. Tom at the entrance of the caves.
The caves are a consistant 19 degrees Celcius year round.
Our tour took us more than 1 kilometer into the caves.
On our way back to our hotel through the mountains...
Coming down the mountain toward our hotel...