Contents of an Ostrich's stomach

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_, jan stewart and 166 more people faved this
  • Lú_ 6y

    Oh my ...
  • Jo Angus 6y

    This is amazing! I wonder if he showed any signs of discomfort before he died...
    Brilliant piece of 'real life' history too.
  • Ali 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Zigpha, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • The Humbug 6y

    Pure art to me (ostrich-collage-photo)
  • kivajo 6y

    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.
  • Bexi. 6y

    That is just crazy! Who could imagine it would really swallow all of those things. Maybe the ostrich was a daredevil.
  • James Wright 5y

    Poor Ostrich
  • Addie Price 5y

    oh this is wonderful. its as if he was constantly pushing the limits with those nails and tacks, until he finally went too far.
  • jen delgado 5y

  • minions & myrmidons 5y

    so much for fiber.
  • Sylvestre Anasse 5y

  • Bettina Brizuela 4y

    increible puesta!
  • Ted & John Koston 3y

    Wow - great historical shot!
  • 2y

    alternative to a vacuum maybe ?
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