The Contents of an Ostrich’s Stomach

Frederick William Bond took the photo below at the London Zoo showing the items found in an ostrich's stomach following an autopsy: a lace handkerchief, a buttoned glove, a length of rope, a plain handkerchief, copper coins, metal tacks, staples, hooks, and a four-inch nail. The nail had killed it.

The photo is undated, but I'm guessing it was taken sometime in the 1930s. (Update: the Flickr source says it was taken circa 1930.)

Image source: National Science and Media Museum on Flickr

Along similar lines is this story from 1972 about items found in the stomach of an ostrich at a private French zoo: coins, telephone tokens, and stones. What wasn't found was the diamond watch it had snatched off a spectator the previous year.

Miami News - Jun 12, 1972

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 12, 2022
     Category: Animals | Food | Stomach

Anybody who has read "Curious George Rides a Bike" knows that ostriches eat anything.
Posted by ges on 02/12/22 at 07:21 PM
My dog and I were playing with a rubber ball, which I couldn't find, at one point. I figured I didn't see it go into a ditch, or something. A few days later, she barfed it back up. (We didn't continue the game, however.)

I had the dog at a vet's office for something else, and I told her the story. She said her dog ate a brass tee valve, gesturing: it apparently was about the size of the palm of her hand. I feel sure any vet has stories about strange stuff that dogs eat.

Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 02/13/22 at 09:53 AM
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