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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:03 PM

Is 62 too old to become a mom?

Evidently not.

Albatross named Wisdom astounds scientists by producing chick at age 62

She is described as awesome. And wonderful. And maybe a little weird. She is the world’s oldest known living wild bird at age 62, and she produced a healthy chick that hatched Sunday.

It’s pretty amazing that Wisdom, named by scientists who stuck a tag on her ankle years ago, has lived this long. The average Laysan albatross dies at less than half her age. Scientists thought that, like other birds, albatross females became infertile late in life and carried on without producing chicks.

But Wisdom, who hatched the chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Ocean, defies comparison. Her feat could prompt scientists to chuck some of their early theories about the bird out the door.

Wisdom has raised chicks five times since 2006, and as many as 35 in her lifetime. Just as astonishing, she has likely flown up to 3 million miles since she was first tagged at Midway Atoll at the end of the Hawaiian Island chain in 1956, according to scientists who have tracked her at the U.S. Geological Survey. That’s “4 to 6 trips from the Earth to the Moon and back again with plenty of miles to spare,” the USGS said in an enthusiastic announcement Tuesday.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/albatross-named-wisdom-astounds-scientists-by-giving-birth-at-age-62/2013/02/05/f46a68a6-6fc5-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html?wprss&google_editors_picks=true

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:10 PM

1. k & r

What a good old bird story!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:10 PM

2. Damn. She must have great great great great grandchicks.

Wouldn't do it myself, but rock on, Sister Wisdom!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:11 PM

3. I can tell you are tired of the drone talk

 

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Response to sadalien (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:35 PM

9. I think that Wisdom, with this type of salacious activity

is begging to be droned. Where is that prurient pest?

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Response to sadalien (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:59 PM

11. lol. just like to add a little something wonderful from time to time.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:23 PM

4. Nice story,beautiful bird-----and to think they were called Gooney Birds In WWII.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:26 PM

5. Good for her!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:27 PM

6. not for birds!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:30 PM

7. for humans ....yes .... i think the mom is being selfish by using IVF or someother method to get a

baby ... and she wouldn't be around much longer to mother her baby ... how is that fair to the baby.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:31 PM

8. Great stuff. They are so beautiful to see soaring...

5th Rec for Wisdom.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:58 PM

10. I knew this was about Wisdom before I clicked on it!

Heard the story on NPR.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:46 PM

12. Pale Male in Central Park is approximately 25 years old.

 

He fathered three offspring last year. He is now bringing twigs to the next in preparation for this year's frisking about on 5th Avenue.

Rent the movie from Netflix. (I am in it for about 2 seconds in the background.)

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Response to jerseyjack (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:48 PM

13. I love Pale Male.

I'll have to check out the movie.

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Response to jerseyjack (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:41 PM

14. It's a miracle Pale Male has survived

 

He's lost several mates and offspring to secondary poisoning from the bait set out by nearby places that leave garbage exposed and then wonder why they have rats and mice.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:18 PM

15. Nature is amazing...

...a 62 yr old Albatross named Wisdom. Well, I'd say she is a wise old bird! I wonder if they have been tagging her chicks since 2006? Thanks for the story, cali.

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