The oldest known wild bird is new mom!

At 68, the female albatross nicknamed Wisdom is the oldest known wild bird in the world. Wisdom was banded for the first time in 1956, and his age was estimated at the time at 6 years old.

Since at least 2006, she and her companion Akeakamai return each year to the same nesting site in the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Area, near Hawaii, to lay an egg and hatch a chick.

The biologists who follow this colony of Laysan albatrosses were surprised to see her come back again this year to give birth to a new chick. She would have raised 31 to 36 during her life.

You should know that the life of an albatross usually lasts about 50 years.

In 2017, the chick she raised in 2001 was only a few meters from her current nest. It was the first time that scientists observed the return of one of the chicks she had raised.

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