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67-year-old Albatross Hatches Egg

In 1956, an albatross was tagged in Hawaii. She was estimated to be five years old at the time, and she came to be known as Wisdom. She is the world's oldest banded bird, and is still doing her part to replenish the world's supply of albatrosses.

Every year, Wisdom returns along with millions of other albatrosses to their nesting grounds at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument on Midway Atoll. She's easy to spot - she always returns to the same nest site, and she has successfully hatched a chick every year since 2006.

This year, US Fish and Wildlife Services spotted Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, in November, and confirmed in December that the birds were nesting an egg, taking turns caring for it while the other searches for food.

The blessed event has now been confirmed. Bird watchers have announced that Wisdom has successfully hatched an egg at age 67!  The new albatross chick emerged on February 6. Wisdom is estimated to have produced around 36 chicks in her lifetime -so far. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: NOAA)


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