World’s oldest known bird hatches egg anew at 65

  • The world’s oldest known bird in the wild hatches egg for the 40th time
  • She was first tagged by scientists back in 1956 and is now believed to be at least 65 years old
  • The Laysan albatross is considered as a “symbol of hope and inspiration” for seabird species

An albatross which is considered the world’s oldest known bird in the wild at 65 years old has hatched an egg anew; becoming a mother for the 40th time.

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross whose exceptional longevity has both puzzled and amazed scientists, is reported to have hatched her latest chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Ocean located between Hawaii and Japan early this month; 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu.

The white and gray albatross was first spotted and tagged by scientists in 1956, and is believed to have hatched her first egg in 1951. She has since clocked more than 3 million miles flying across the Pacific Ocean and beyond in her lifetime, nesting every other year.

“As the world’s oldest known bird in the wild, Wisdom is an iconic symbol of inspiration and hope for all seabird species,” said Robert Peyton; manager of the Midway refuge. “Albatrosses are a critical indicator species for the world’s oceans.”

Wisdom’s chick was hatched on February 4. Its gender is still unknown but Peyton said it will be named Kukini; a Hawaiian word for messenger. (Click here to read more)

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