Oldest Wild Bird in the World Hatches Adorable Baby Chick
An albatross named Wisdom has been honored with the title of “The World’s Oldest Wild Bird.” Or at least the oldest known. Though her exact age is estimated, it’s known that she’s at least 65 years old. While this is an amazing feat on its own, Wisdom recently accomplished something even more impressive—she hatched a baby! The chick, named Kūkini, was born on February 1st. It’s believed that Kūkini (which is a Hawaiian name meaning “messenger”) is Wisdom’s 40th child. “Wisdom is an iconic symbol of inspiration and hope,” said Robert Peyton, who manages Hawaii’s Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.
“From a scientific perspective, albatrosses are a critical indicator species for the world’s oceans that sustain millions of human beings as well.” While Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo may be home to Cookie, the oldest wild bird in captivity, Wisdom has succeeded in more than reaching her impressive, 65-year-old age. The albatross’ observers reckon that the mama bird has flown over three million miles since the day she was born. When you cumulate the bird’s travels (thus far), the staggering number of miles translate to an impressive six trips between the Earth and the Moon.
With a mom like Wisdom on its side, we have a feeling that Kūkini will turn out to be one impressive albatross.