The Oldest known wild bird in the world, Wisdom the albatross had a chick after reaching 70 years of age.
According to the USFWS, She delivered her chick in a wildlife refuge on the 1st of January. Normally, Laysan albatrosses only live between 12 to 40 years. However, Wisdom was first noticed back in 1956 by some researchers.
Wisdom’s father and partner is Akeakamai. According to the wildlife officials of the US, they’ve have been together since 2012.
Normally, Albatrosses mate for life; however, it seems Wisdom outlived other partners she had in the past. Although, Wisdom had her chick back in February, it has just been reported this week.
In a statement released by the USFWS, where they announced Wisdom’s new chick, it says:
Wisdom laid her egg sometime during the last few days of November. Soon after, Wisdom returned to sea to forage and her mate Akeakamai took over incubation duties. Albatross parents share incubation duties and once the chick hatches, share feeding duties.USFWS
The USFWS feels that oldest known wild bird had around 30 to 36 chicks all through her lifetime. From time, every few years, Albatrosses hatch just one egg. The world’s largest colony of albatross can be found in the Midway Atoll wildlife refuge.