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World's oldest known wild bird lays egg at 68


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In sea mariner lore, an albatross is considered a good omen, and for almost seven decades, one bird has spread generations of blessings across the Pacific Ocean.

Wisdom, a 68-year-old Laysan albatross believed to be the world’s oldest known wild bird, has returned to her home at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge for yet another winter – and laid yet another egg to add to the already impressive brood that she has built up over an impressive lifetime.

Biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Service think the almost-septuagenarian has birthed and raised as many as 36 chicks over the years. Should her latest egg with her longtime lover, Akeakamai, hatch, fledge and take to the open sea, it will be her 37th.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/07/worlds-oldest-bird-lays-egg-wisdom-albatross

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Why 'Wisdom'? Does she scratch-out truisms with her beak? 'Don't drink on an empty stomach'?, 'Don't buy too many DVDs, because they'll only be shown on TV eventually'?

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17 hours ago, Carlos Allende said:

Why 'Wisdom'? Does she scratch-out truisms with her beak? 'Don't drink on an empty stomach'?, 'Don't buy too many DVDs, because they'll only be shown on TV eventually'?

Well she’s apparently >=68yo, her mumma (going by dates mentioned) was a WWII bird. 

Glad the atoll has become a refuge. Cool beans. 

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