The ostrich is an amazing animal in so many ways. Did you know ostriches have 19 vertebra in their neck alone.
They have the same amount of vertebra in their necks as we have in our whole bodies – a Giraffe only has 7 vertebra in their necks.
Ostriches can move their necks around without any discomfort and turn their heads 180 degrees. The ostrich’s neck is remarkably flexible and can turn in any direction. The myth that ostriches can put their heads in the sand comes from the fact that they can put their necks parallel to the ground when sitting down. Their long neck is about 1 meter long.
This elevated and long neck allows them to see predators from far way in the wild and hence allow them a head-start if you like to get away. This is particularly helpful to spot predators lurking in the long grass of the African Savannah.