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Wisdom - The Venerable Albatross 'SuperMom'

maximus otter

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Wisdom, the albatross supermom, has done it again. At 67, the world's oldest known wild bird has laid an egg at her home on the Midway Atoll.

https://goo.gl/images/6gjmVV

Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, return each year to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to nest and raise a single chick. On December 13, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) confirmed the pair were incubating a new egg.

In her long life, Wisdom has outlived several mates and raised anywhere from 30 to 35 chicks.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/birds-animals-oceans-parents-albatross/

Let’s hope that mother and baby do well.

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Albatross chicks are seriously weird, growing, at one point, to be larger than the parents. The vast birds are, I gather, endangered by the plastic waste they hoover up from their fishing-grounds :(
 

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The world’s oldest known living bird has become a parent at the ripe old age of 70.

The fittingly-named Wisdom is a laysan albatross that was first recorded by scientists way back in 1956. She was estimated to be five years old at the time – the age at which these birds reach sexual maturity.

Last month, Wisdom hatched what is believed to be her 40th chick.

Wisdom holds the record as the oldest wild specimen documented during the 90-year history of the U.S. and Canadian bird-banding research program.

She has been raising chicks with her current mate, named Akeakamai, since at least 2010, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Since being tagged back in the fifties, the albatross has logged about 3 million flying miles, the equivalent of six round trips to the Moon.

‘It’s really exciting to see that these birds are long-living and still raising chicks at 60 years old or older,’ said John Klavitter, USFWS biologist, who spotted Wisdom with her chick in February.
 
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