Sand Origin

Nyakabanda, Kigali

Random Sand Fact

Sand myth uncovered!

All over Africa as in Rwanda you’ll see the Common Ostrich sleeping, kicking and even eating sand, (the later to help grind up food). What you won’t see is any of them burying their heads in sand to hide.

The myth of ostriches burying their heads in the sand is likely based on an optical illusion.

The ostrich’s head is small compared to its body, and if digging in the ground or when lying down, it may look like the head is buried in the sand. That its giant eyeball is smaller than its brain might add to the myth.

There are for sure animals hiding parts or their entire bodies in sand – but that is another story. 

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