Feb 18—-World Oldest (known) Bird Still (She is at least 62) Hatching Chicks and Circumnavigating Pacific Ocean

World’s Oldest-Known Wild Bird Hatches Another Chick Released: 2/4/2013 4:33:23 PM

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Wisdom’s mate tends to his newly hatched chick just hours after it hatches on Sunday

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Wisdom & Mate

Wisdom & Mate

After returning from foraging at sea on November 29, 2012, Wisdom (left) attempts to nudge her mate

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MIDWAY ATOLLA Laysan albatross known as “Wisdom” – believed to be at least 62 years old – has hatched a chick on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge for the sixth consecutive year.

During the morning hours on Sunday, the chick was observed pipping its way into the world by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Pete Leary, who said the chick appears healthy. Wisdom was first banded in 1956, when she was incubating an egg in the same area of the refuge. She was at least five years old at the time.

“Everyone continues to be inspired by Wisdom as a symbol of hope for her species,” said Doug Staller, the Fish and Wildlife Service superintendent for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Monument), which includes Midway Atoll NWR.

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