The Stork is a nameless character that appears in L. Frank Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. She is introduced in the eighth chapter of the book titled The Deadly Poppy Field. She is a female stork with big feathers and a long-neck. She lives in the magical Land of Oz, and like all the animals in Oz, she can talk and communicate with humans and other living beings. She is also a mother stork who has a nest of babies somewhere in Oz, most likely somewhere within the eastern quadrant called Munchkin Country.
- "The Cowardly Lion and the Tin Woodman both shook their heads in dismay, for they did not know what to do to help their straw friend. So they sat down upon the bank and gazed wistfully at the Scarecrow until a Stork flew by, who, upon seeing them, stopped to rest at the water's edge. "Why do you all look so sad, who are you and where are you going?" asked the Stork. "I am Dorothy Gale," answered the little girl, "and these are my friends, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly and my pet dog Toto. And we are going to the Emerald City to speak with the great Wizard." "This isn't the road," said the Stork, as she twisted her long neck and looked sharply at the queer party. "I know it," returned Dorothy, "but we have lost our dear friend the Scarecrow, and are wondering how we shall get him again." "Where is he?" asked the Stork. "Over there in the middle of the river," answered the girl sadly. "If he wasn't so big and heavy I would get him for you," remarked the Stork. "He isn't heavy a bit," said Dorothy eagerly, "for he is stuffed with straw; and if you will please bring him back to us, we shall thank you ever and ever so much. "
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
On Dorothy's first visit to Oz, the female Stork helped her and her companions by rescuing the Scarecrow, who had gotten stuck on a wooden stick pole in the middle of a large river. The pole was being used as a paddle to move the group along the wooden raft they had all been aloft on. The raft was made by the Tin Woodman who built it to cross over a raging river while traveling to the Emerald City to see the great Wizard. Luckily, the bird saved the Scarecrow when he got stuck and left behind. Then the Scarecrow wanted to repay her kindness, but she said that she always likes to help anyone in trouble. Once she saved the Scarecrow, she flew away to attend to her little babies. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (first appearance)