German zoo boasts six mighty big brand-new chicks

By People Staff
July 09, 2009 02:56 PM

They’ve got legs – and they know how to use them! These ostrich chicks born at the Berlin Zoo on June 21 and 22 are already walking tall. After all, even when they first crack out of their eggs, baby ostriches are ginormous! Ostrich eggs (which are the largest of any bird species in the world) can weigh up to 3 lbs., and hatched babies start gaining half a pound in weight every day until they can reach up to 300 lbs.

And the Berlin Zoo got lucky with this still-to-be-named batch. Normally only a few eggs –which are the product of one male and many females – survive. But in this case, six of 16 eggs hatched. The next few months are precarious, but these guys are off to a great start!

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