Albatross named Wisdom astounds scientists by producing chick at age 62
Pete Leary/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Wisdom (left) attempts to nudge her mate off the nest for her turn at incubating the couple's egg. She’s 62; the male is presumed to be much younger.
By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post, Feb 06, 2013 12:34 AM EST
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.