Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, continues to amaze the world.
At the approximate age of 67, the seasoned, female Laysan albatross has once again returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and laid an egg.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, returned to the atoll at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in late November. On Dec. 13, USFWS staff spotted Akeakamai on the nest incubating an egg. Wisdom returned last week and is now incubating the egg.
“An albatross egg is important to the overall albatross population” said Bob Peyton, USFWS project leader for Midway Atoll Refuge and Memorial in a statement. “If you consider that albatross don’t always lay an egg each year and when they do they only raise one chick at a time – each egg is tremendously important in maintaining the survival of a colony.”
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