Do Storks Deliver Babies

October 11, 2012 by  

Do Storks Deliver Babies, I grew up with straight-shooters for parents, so when I was old enough to ask my mom about babies and where they came from, storks didn’t figure into her explanation. Still, I’ve often wondered about the (seemingly) strange connection between these leggy, elegant birds and babies, so in honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to do some poking around on the all-knowing interwebs to find out some answers.
Here are a few of the more obvious reasons behind the bird-baby mythology:

In many cultures, storks represent fertility, springtime and good luck.

In Roman times, if a stork built a nest on your roof, it was seen as a blessing and a promise of never-ending love from Venus. (Aristotle went as far as to make killing storks a crime.)

Some believed that a stork could cause a woman to become pregnant just by looking at her. (!)
Storks are considered harbingers of good fortune. In Germany, they are known as “adebar,” meaning “luck-bringer.”
Storks have easy access to chimneys — the perfect passageway for both Santa and babies.

Although they originally nested in trees, storks easily adapted to human activity, and today call rooftops and chimneys their most common nesting sites.

Also like Santa, storks cover a lot of ground.

Storks are migratory, which means they could technically be delivery babies from some far away, mystical land.

Storks make good parents.

The adult birds are known for their parental dedication; they continue to feed and care for their offspring well after they can fly.

Storks are BIG birds.

White storks measure 40 to 50 inches tall with a wingspan of 61 to 70 inches and weigh between 5 and 10 pounds — potentially large enough to at least imagine carrying an infant.

Storks are loyal.

Storks typically return to the same nest, adding new material each year so that some nests have grown as large as 97 inches in diameter, 6.5 feet high, and weigh between a whopping 1100 and 1980 pounds.

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