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Typically, the male Ostrich defends the hatchlings and teaches them to feed, although males and females cooperate in rearing chicks. The survival rate is low for the hatchlings, with an average of one per nest surviving to adulthood. Common predators of nests and young ostriches include jackals, various birds of prey, mongoose and vultures. Animals that prey on Ostriches of all ages include cheetahs, lions, leopards, african hunting dogs, and spotted hyena. Ostriches can often outrun their predators in a pursuit and can even outpace Cheetahs over long distances. However, they may sometimes fiercely fight predators, especially when chicks are being defended, and have been capable of killing enemies as large as lions in such confrontations.
Baby Ostrich (Struthio camelus), Attica Zoological Park, Athens, Greece, Europe
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 6.3, ISO 200
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