The Perfect Forefoot Bipod The ostrich is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph)[3], the top land speed of any bird. he bird has just two toes on each foot (most birds have four), with the nail on the larger, inner toe resembling a hoof. The outer toe has no nail.[14] The reduced number of toes is an adaptation that appears to aid in running. Ostriches can run at over 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) for up to 30 minutes. Although this bird cannot fly, it can run faster than the swiftest horse.their primary means of locomotion is running, so the feet have developed into feet fit for frequent, and very fast running especially to escape preditors. If it would keep on in a straight line no animal could overtake it; but it is sometimes so foolish as to run around in a circle, and then, after a long chase, it may perhaps be caught. A traveller speaking of the ostrich, says, “She sets off at a hard gallop; but she afterwards spreads her wings as if to catch the wind, and goes so rapidly that she seems not to touch the ground.” This explains what is meant by the verse, “When she lifteth up herself on high she scorneth the horse and his rider.” It is a good thing that ostrich’s do not wear shoes. Over time their feet would have weakened and flattened and they would need orthotics.  Some animals are just smarter than humans. :-)

The Perfect Forefoot Bipod

The ostrich is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph)[3], the top land speed of any bird.

he bird has just two toes on each foot (most birds have four), with the nail on the larger, inner toe resembling a hoof. The outer toe has no nail.[14] The reduced number of toes is an adaptation that appears to aid in running. Ostriches can run at over 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) for up to 30 minutes. Although this bird cannot fly, it can run faster than the swiftest horse.their primary means of locomotion is running, so the feet have developed into feet fit for frequent, and very fast running especially to escape preditors. If it would keep on in a straight line no animal could overtake it; but it is sometimes so foolish as to run around in a circle, and then, after a long chase, it may perhaps be caught. A traveller speaking of the ostrich, says, “She sets off at a hard gallop; but she afterwards spreads her wings as if to catch the wind, and goes so rapidly that she seems not to touch the ground.” This explains what is meant by the verse, “When she lifteth up herself on high she scorneth the horse and his rider.”

It is a good thing that ostrich’s do not wear shoes. Over time their feet would have weakened and flattened and they would need orthotics.  Some animals are just smarter than humans.

:-)