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Photo: Ostriches

Bird Power
Photograph by Watson Pickrell, circa 1906

Forget about horsepower. Ostriches pulled a sulky around a Los Angeles ostrich farm in the early 1900s. Although too heavy to fly, these strong-legged birds can reach speeds of 40 miles an hour (70 kilometers an hour) sprinting and 30 miles an hour (50 kilometers an hour) over longer distances.


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