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Contents of an Ostrich's stomach

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FW Bond (died 5 May 1942)

Collection of National Media Museum

Frederick Willam Bond was photographer at the Zoological Society of London. Amongst more conventional photographs of the inhabitants of London Zoo, he also photographed objects retrieved from an ostrich's stomach after its death. Details of what it swallowed are written on the back of the print.

Somehow, during its lifetime, the poor bird managed to ingest a lace handkerchief, a buttoned glove, a length of rope, a plain handkerchief (probably a man's), assorted copper coins, metal tacks, staples and hooks, and a four-inch nail - a step too far, and the cause of death.

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Lú_, tapioca22, MildlyDiverting, and 165 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Lú_ 69 months ago | reply

    Oh my ...

  2. 999Graffix 68 months ago | reply

    This is amazing! I wonder if he showed any signs of discomfort before he died...
    Brilliant piece of 'real life' history too.

  3. Zigpha 67 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Zigpha, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  4. The Humbug [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

    Pure art to me (ostrich-collage-photo)

  5. kivajo 66 months ago | reply

    coins and small metal i can understand but a lace handkerchief, a buttoned glove, a length of rope, a plain handkerchief - really surprises me. wow.

  6. Bexi. [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

    That is just crazy! Who could imagine it would really swallow all of those things. Maybe the ostrich was a daredevil.

  7. JPBWright 59 months ago | reply

    Poor Ostrich

  8. addie_rose 59 months ago | reply

    oh this is wonderful. its as if he was constantly pushing the limits with those nails and tacks, until he finally went too far.

  9. minions & myrmidons 58 months ago | reply

    so much for fiber.

  10. Bettina Brizuela 47 months ago | reply

    increible puesta!

  11. Ted & John Koston 39 months ago | reply

    Wow - great historical shot!

  12. squiggy68~natureboxphotography.com 26 months ago | reply

    alternative to a vacuum maybe ?

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