Sunday 22 October 2017

Wisdom the world's oldest seabird is a mother again at 66

Wisdom and her new chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer via AP)
Wisdom and her new chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer via AP)

The world's oldest known seabird has a new chick at the age of at least 66.

Wisdom's offspring hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said.

The Laysan albatross is at least 66 years old and is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild.

Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Bob Peyton said Wisdom has returned to Midway for over six decades, and she has raised at least 30 chicks.

Midway Atoll is home to the world's largest colony of albatross. The island about 1,200 miles north-west of Honolulu was the site of a pivotal Second World War battle.

Nearly 70% of the world's Laysan albatross rely on the atoll for habitat.

Midway is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

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